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Pollen Ndlanya: Lebogang Manyama didn't join Kaizer Chiefs to help Khama Billiat

19:16 EAT 22/08/2018
Pollen Ndlanya 1998
Amakhosi announced the arrival of the Bafana Bafana attacker on a three-year deal on Wednesday

Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Pollen Ndlanya has hailed Lebogang Manyama's arrival at Naturena and hopes he settles down well at the club.

Amakhosi are hoping to lift trophies this season and have signalled their intentions by adding yet another quality player to bolster their attacking department.

Speaking to Goal on Wednesday, 'Trompies' said he welcomes the Alexandra-born player. 

“I think he is a great signing for the club and he doesn't come in to help Khama Billiat because there is (Leonardo) Castro as well,” Ndlanya told Goal.

“Castro has scored, Billiat has also scored and I think we can say Manyama is coming in to help the striking force and not to single out one player like Billiat,” he reacted.

“Hopefully, he takes no time to gel with the team because I do not doubt his abilities and let's just hope he won't struggle like many players who join big clubs,” said the former Chiefs striker.

Manyama was linked with a possible move to Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City, but the Soweto giants have won the race for the player's signature, and Ndlanya says not every player can play for Chiefs.

“It takes a man to join Chiefs and do well. Manyama is a great signing and a talented player, but he has not played for a big club like Chiefs,” responded the ex-Bafana Bafana striker.

“We know he did well for Cape Town City and SuperSport United, but Chiefs is a different team and they are in a different situation now as they are struggling and there is pressure - let's see if he can cope,” he added.

“He is a good signing and take nothing from him, let us just hope he puts in the effort and help the club to go forward and challenge for trophies,” said the 48-year-old.

“I think it's a good signing for the club. It is better when the supporters cry and blame the coach when there are good quality players on the field of play,” continued the former Manning Rangers hitman.

“Unlike in the past seasons when they blamed coach (Steve) Komphela, yet there were no quality players on the field,” he continued.

“I think they (supporters) can blame the coach now because there are good players like Castro, (Siphelele) Nthangase, Billiat, Manyama and others – it's good in my opinion,” he concluded.