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Goal caught up with Swallows striker Edward Manqele following his heroic performance against MP Black Aces this past weekend

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By Ernest Makhaya

Moroka Swallows striker Edward Manqele believes he’s slowly getting back to his best form after netting a hat-trick of goals against Mpumalanga Black Aces on Saturday.

Manqele, who is on loan from Sundowns, says this is the beginning of good things for his career having started well at Free State Stars before moving to Chloorkop.   

“I think I’m slowly regaining my confidence and form after scoring the three goals against Aces. I believe it is the beginning of good things for me and my career,” Manqele told Goal.

The 26-year-old forward started the opening two games [against AmaTuks and Chiefs] on the bench, but doesn’t believe he would have scored more than three goals had he started those games.

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“Starting from the bench in the first two games helped me to study the game and look at what I could bring to the team once I’m given the chance to start. I wouldn’t say I would have scored in the first two games if I was included in the starting line-up,” he said.

Manqele has heaped praises on veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvethe who had a hand in two of the three goals he scored against Aces. He says he is learning a lot from the former Pirates and Chiefs man.

“Nomvethe and I have been communicating a lot even at training, and I think we have started to understand each other. He is very experienced, and I am learning a lot from him,” said Manqele.

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Despite scoring 11 goals in his debut season with Free State Stars, Manqele went on to score two goals in all competitions for Sundowns the following season, but says he doesn’t want to put himself under pressure by revealing the number of goals he would like to score this season.

“I have my targets for the season, but I am not going to reveal them because I will be putting myself under unnecessary pressure,” he added.

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