Following confirmation that Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Maluleka had signed a pre-contract with Mamelodi Sundowns, an Orlando Pirates legend has advised Oupa Manyisa to chat to Pitso Mosimane regarding his plans for the future.
Manyisa’s contract is set to end in June 2020, and with Sundowns having also brought in the young Grant Margeman, to join an already star-studded midfield that is comprised of the likes of Andile Jali, Hlompho Kekana, Tiyani Mabunda and Lucky Mohomi, Joseph Makhanya feels that ‘Ace’ needs to inquire from Mosimane if he still forms part of his plans going forward.
“Ja he’s not a youngster to sit on the bench, no player likes to sit on the bench,” Makhanya told KickOff.com.
“To be honest each and every player wants to play, but unfortunately in football only 11 at a time can play. So if the situation is going to affect him directly, it’s something he needs to communicate with the coach.
“Because as a professional you are allowed to communicate with the coach to say, ‘Er… I see this is happening, what are your plans for me?’ The coach will give him a directive and say, ‘No man I will use you sparingly, or it’s better for you to get another team’.
Makhanya, who made a name for himself at the Buccaneers, featuring over 140 times between 2000 and 2011, further adds that Manyisa should not fear approaching Mosimane as there needs to be open door policy between a player and a coach.
“So it’s a communication that needs to happen between a player and a coach. Oupa knows all those things so if ever he feels like, the only person who’s got answers is the coach.
“If it were me I would enquire from the coach, then take a decision based on what I’ve got from the coach. If the coach says ‘no man you will not play lot of games’ then I will move on. But if the coach says ‘no you will play’… because it’s all speculation.
“Like right now what we are doing is an assumption that because they have signed George it means Oupa won’t play. It’s an assumption for now. So if I was Oupa I was going to ask the coach, ‘Since my contract is expiring and now I see you have a certain player, are you still going to need me?’
“Ja hey I think Sundowns all round is a star-studded team, even Oupa has proven himself over the years. But you know players always come and go. When these ones come in the others must leave. So it’s football.
‘Duku Duku’ also complimented Manyisa for being a competitive player, but that should he not be needed, he should then look for another team that will grant him regular game time.
“But as for competition, I don’t think Oupa is scared of competition. He’s someone who grew up in a competitive environment so it has always been part of his football career. I think it comes back to the coach to say, by signing George it means he’s got plans for him.
“If he no longer needs Oupa then he will need to move and get another club. But if ever the coach feels Oupa has still got some value he can add to the club, then it means it’s going to be a competition between the players.
“Because when you take a closer look it’s not only Oupa, there’s also the likes of Lucky Mohomi, there’s a lot of them you see. It doesn’t affect Oupa alone.
“Maybe the coach is looking at using Hlompho Kekana sparingly. It’s maybe Sundowns just bolstering the team. It’s the coach who knows his plans better.”