Pirates not negotiating with Al Ahly for Manyisa's services

Manyisa has started over 35 games for Bucs this season, and Al Ahly has reportedly started negotiating for his services, but Mbele tells Goal that they haven't received any offers
By Ernest Makhaya

Orlando Pirates administrative manager Floyd Mbele has told Goal that the club is not negotiating with Al Ahly or any other team for the services of midfielder Oupa Manyisa.

The media reported that the two clubs - Pirates and Al Ahly - have opened talks for the diminutive playmaker, but Mbele rubbished the reports, saying that they have not been contacted by the Caf Champions League holders.

"I'm not aware that Al Ahly has submitted a proposal for Manyisa," Mbele told Goal. "As far as I am concerned, we are not negotiating with anyone for any player and we have not been contacted by anybody," he said.

Mbele didn't want to be drawn into whether Pirates will be interested in selling Manyisa to another African-based club or not, especially with the majority of the players willing to ply their trade in Europe.

"I cannot say whether we will consider the proposal or not, because there's nothing on the table. What if I say we will consider it and they (Al Ahly) don't come? So it's better to leave it the way it is until such time we hear or get something from them," added Mbele.

Manyisa impressed the Egyptian giants during last year's Caf Champions League, and he's been one of the consistent players in the Pirates team over the past few years, although he hasn't been fortunate enough to get regular game time in the national team.

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