COMMENT: Lebogang Manyama signing is Kaizer Chiefs' booming statement of intent

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Manyama becomes Amakhosi's fifth signing of the current transfer window, and with him on board, it's clear that the club means business

Lebogang Manyama had been wanted by every big club in South Africa since his days with Ajax Cape Town.

Only three PSL clubs have been successful in securing his services since then - SuperSport United, Mpumalanga Black Aces and Cape Town City.

Kaizer Chiefs can now be proud of landing one of their long targets and in the process, they have sent a booming statement of intent to fellow PSL rivals.

Amakhosi are doing all they can to solve what has been their biggest problem in the past three seasons - scoring goals.

While the Soweto giants already have Khama Billiat in their ranks, Manyama is undoubtedly their most significant signing given their slow start to the current season. 

With Manyama now on board, there's a glimmer of hope among the club supporters after suffering a lot in the past few seasons.  

Lebogang Manyama Konyaspor

Amakhosi's inability to score enough goals has surely contributed to their decline, and this is one area they needed to improve on in order to challenge for honours. 

In Manyama, Chiefs are getting someone with local, European and international experience - the attacker also knows where the net is which will be an added advantage to Solinas. 

He has an eye for goal, creates goalscoring opportunities for teammates and his work rate is second to none if he's in an environment that allows him to shine. 

His record before he left for Turkey speaks volume, and it's now up to the technical team to help him reach his true potential in the next three seasons.  

Manyama certainly knows what is expected of him at Chiefs. He saw the club struggle from afar over the past three years, and it is now his responsibility to show the South African public what he is made of. 

He could have opted for an easier route by joining Sundowns simply because of their recent success, but his decision to join Chiefs shows that he's eager and hungrier to start afresh.

On paper, Solinas has one of the most dangerous attacking force in the league, and he doesn't have an excuse to not to deliver trophies. 

Manyama career PSL record PS

It may take time for Manyama to settle down at Chiefs, but his past failures at clubs such as SuperSport United and Konyaspor, should be motivation enough to want to rise again. 

A season filled with limited game time and unhappiness in Turkey might have knocked his confidence a little bit, but Manyama is a player with a big heart and being back home to the club which he grew up supporting, could be just what the doctor ordered. 

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If all goes according to plan, Chiefs will benefit from this deal and so is Manyama, who will now be in the spotlight and in contention for a place in Bafana Bafana squads.

With the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals around the corner, this is Manyama's only chance to rise above critics and prove that what he did at Cape Town City two seasons ago was no fluke. 

Since making his professional debut in 2010, Manyama has scored 40 goals with 24 assists under his belt in 201 appearances in the PSL, and he will be eager to add to this tally while wearing the famous gold and black jersey.

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