Manenzhe urges Motupa to fight for his place at Orlando Pirates

In an interview with Goal, Manenzhe said he believes Motupa has what it takes to be a regular starter at Pirates, but wants him to pull up his socks

Former Orlando Pirates striker Phumudzo Manenzhe has urged Gift Motupa to lift his game and grab every opportunity given to him with both hands. 

Since his arrival from Baroka FC at the start of the 2015/16 season, Motupa has made only 34 appearances in all competitions with just two goals to his name.

“Having come through Baroka to Pirates is a different kettle of fish all together. The players that come to Pirates should psychologically know that the club has got two or three quality players in every position,” Manenzhe told Goal.

“It’s up to the individual when they are given an opportunity to grab it with both hands. In terms of consistency, I would say the young man has played well and the other games not so well,” he said.

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Manenzhe believes Motupa still has the capability to don the club’s jersey, although he appears to be out of favour under Kjell Jonevret presently.

“In terms of potential and ability, I would say he still has the ability to play for the club. So, it’s just a matter of him being given an opportunity to implement what he learned at the Olympics with the South African Olympic team,” Manenzhe said.

“One advice I would have for the youngster is that next time when he is given an opportunity at a team like Pirates he needs to grab it with both hands. I think so far it's 50-50 for him, but he needs to make sure that next time he gets the jersey no one gets it back because there’s a lot of quality players in the position he is playing,” Manenzhe concluded.