Orlando Pirates rejected Al Ahly and Russian offers for Manyisa

Media reports suggest that Sundowns have promised Manyisa more than what he is currently earning at Pirates, but his agent tells Goal that these reports are unfounded
By Ernest Makhaya

Goal can confirm that midfielder Oupa “Ace” Manyisa will not be leaving Orlando Pirates in the current Transfer Window despite reports of him being 'unhappy' at the club.

Manyisa's representative Thabo Moloto dismissed those reports, and confirmed that he's having a meeting with Dr Irvin Khoza today (Thursday) to clarify the matter. 

"There's no truth in those reports because Oupa is okay with his current situation at Pirates," Moloto told Goal. "I am meeting with the Dr Khoza today, not to tell him how unhappy Oupa is in the club, but to set the record straight that these reports are unfounded and are not coming from us.

"Let me put it on record that Manyisa is still contracted to Pirates until next year June which means the only time we will be able to negotiate with anyone, including Pirates itself will be between December and January," he said.

Moloto also put on record that Mamelodi Sundowns have never made an offer for Manyisa, but admitted that Pirates received and rejected two 'club-to-club' offers for his client's services.

"Sundowns have not tabled an offer for Oupa, because if they did I would have known. As for a Russian offer, Floyd Mbele informed me that they've received one but it was a club-to-club offer and Pirates had a right to reject it if they felt it's not good for the player because after all Oupa is still contracted to them. The same goes to the Al Ahly offer. It was a club-to-club offer."

He added: "Whoever wrote the story about Manyisa being unhappy is really speculating because 'unhappy' is a big word. So, I'd like confirm that Oupa is fine with the situation of his current contract at Pirates and he's willing to honour it."

Nonetheless, Moloto didn't rule out the possibility of the Mohlakeng-born midfielder leaving Pirates for another club next season, but reiterated that they'll only entertain offers between December and January.

"Let's wait and see between December and January if there are any better offers for him elsewhere or if Pirates will hold on to him and offer him an improved deal," concluded Moloto.

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