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Oupa Manyisa 2010/11 season – Review

Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 - 12:04

Oupa Manyisa © OPFC

When talking about Oupa Manyisa there are only two things that immediately come to mind.

His sublime scorcher against United FC in the Nedbank Cup, and his game against Bloemfontein Celtic (in the 2009/10 season) where he was tasked with stopping the fastest football player in South African soil Tlou Segolela (who was on loan to Celtic by then), are amongst the many scenarios that stands out!

In only his third season with the club, Manyisa had become one the most adored players in the star-studded line up of Pirates’ machine.

This was mainly due to his guts and excellent sense of creativity, worthy qualities indeed that gave former Dutch Coach Ruud Krol, the assurance that Manyisa was the man who could actually help the team re-claim its position in the South African Football landscape.

His debut in a Pirates’ shirt came in 2008, after joining the team from now defunct second division outfit PJ Stars, where he made his mark at the age of 16, before moving to Gauteng to Join Africa Sports Academy where he further polished his football abilities.

His amazing ball skills are unquestionable, but to break into the team proved to be an enormous task for the petit player who had tough contenders to wrestle the holding midfield position with.

The ‘second coming’ to the club of Zambian International Isaac Chansa who had two excellent seasons in Sweden and a phenomenal campaign in the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola, and with Malawian football ‘maestro’ Josephy Kamwendo who based on experience and ball passing ability would always be preferred ahead of him, meant that Manyisas’ chances of getting his name into Coach Rudolf Korl’s team sheet would remain a farfetched dream, and nothing else.

In the match against Celtic in the 2009 season, Manyisa had a tough day ‘in the office’, with Segolela showing no mercy for his colleague who deputized for Happy Jele as a right back.

Despite being an extremely intelligent player with tremendous ball skills, Manyisa is not one of the fastest players in the league and Segolela took great advantage of that and (very) often Manyisa was left gasping for breath in trying to catch up with the man nicknamed after the fastest train in the land, The Gautrain.

Considering the fact that he was playing out of position and actually made successful efforts to cancel some of Tlou’s forays into his box, Manyisa had a relatively good game, and on a scale of one (1) to 10, would rate his contribution a deservedly seven (7)!

In the 2010/11 season, Manyisa seemed to have had acquired the necessary experience to orchestrate the teams attack and fight for a regular place in the team.

Chansa suffered a knock which kept him off the field for over four weeks, while Kamwendo had been loaned-out to Cape Town based side Grupo Recreativo Vasco da Gama, and rock-solid midfielder Clifford Ngobeni was serving a suspension.

Andile Jali desperately needed support in the midfield, and that meant the moment of truth had arrived for the Mohlakeng Township player, who would become the next available option for coach Krol.

He played in his natural central midfield position and all he did is history today. He never looked back since then; in fact, he went on to prove his worth, in the grittier aspects of the game.

Last season Manyisa was indeed a revelation in the team, showing tremendous playmaker’s vision and amazing defender’s instinct in equal measure.

Throughout the season, his partnership with Jali became the envy of most PSL teams, who would most certainly not hesitate to ‘break the bank’ to have them on board.

His journey to stardom is definitely a true testament that patience and perseverance are virtues which he possess in abundance, as he never despaired, despite being in difficult position when he joined the team.

At the Club’s Players Award Ceremony, the soft spoken midfielder who goes by the nickname ‘ACE’, was deservedly rewarded with the Most Improved Player of the Season Award.

“Oupa is for me is one of the most skillful players I have ever played with. He is small, but he has got a great heart… if he can get a coach that allows him to express himself the way he knows, you will see the best out of that boy; he can play football and I am very happy for him,” Bucs Midfielder Dennis Masina told recently.

Oupa Manyisa 2010/11 season – Brief Stats

• ABSA Premiership: 20 games played
• Nedbank Cup: Five games played
• MTN8 Cup: One game played
• Telkom Cup: Two games played

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Visit this section on Monday as will be featuring Pirates’ top goal scorer and Zambian international, Isaac Chansa.

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