Manqele: Pitso wanted me to stay at Mamelodi Sundowns

The 26-year-old Manqele was signed from Free State Stars at the beginning of last season, but he failed to live up to expectations at Chloorkop


By Ernest Makhaya

Moroka Swallows striker Edward Manqele has told Goal that his move to the Dube Birds was sudden, and that coach Pitso Mosimane had told him that he would like to keep him.

Manqele was part of a deal that saw Katlego Mashego move to Mamelodi Sundowns after an impressive 2012/2013 season where he finished as the PSL top goalscorer.  

“I was told on Thursday that I will be moving to Swallows. It was discussed just before the Cosafa Cup tournament, but the coach [Pitso Mosimane] said he wanted me to stay,” Manqele told Goal.

Manqele revealed that he moved to Sundowns because he wanted to grow as a player after just one season in top-flight football.

He scored 11 league goals for Free State Stars during the 2011/2012 season and he was reportedly wanted by Kaizer Chiefs until Sundowns came up with a better offer. Manqele says he failed to shine at Sundowns, because of a lack of game time. 

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“I did well in my first season with Stars because I played regularly, but of course I wanted to grow as a player and for that reason joined Sundowns last season.

“Unfortunately, I didn’t get to play as many games as I would have liked and I think that’s why I didn’t score many goals for them,” he said.

However, Manqele has made peace with the move to Swallows as he is planning to use the move to redeem himself by playing as many games as possible.

The 26-year-old striker also revealed that he will have no problem with staying at Swallows permanently should they help him rediscover his form.

“I came here to play regularly and if that means I have to stay here [at Swallows] permanently then I would be happy.

“However, I believe that will depend on how I perform this season than me wanting to leave Sundowns for no reason besides game time,” added Manqele.

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