Manyisa reportedly begs Khoza for Pirates return

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Oupa Manyisa is said to be eyeing a desperate move back to Orlando Pirates ahead of his contract expiration at Chloorkop at the end of the current campaign.

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Manyisa, 31, joined the Brazilians from the Mayfair outfit in 2017 in a big money move, but has since failed to replicate the form he dished out while on the books of the Sea Robbers.

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Oupa Manyisa during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns on 01 November 2017 at Orlando Stadium.
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With his current contract now running out next month, and with Sundowns reportedly not keen to extend his stay beyond this term, ‘Ace’ is said to have gone back to ‘his father figure’ Dr Irvin Khoza in order to have a heart-to-heart conversation about a possible return to the club.

“He has been made aware that his contract [at Sundowns] will not be extended and that is why he has already started looking for employment elsewhere, ” a report said, according to Phakaaathi.

“But his biggest wish is to return to Pirates because he wants to retire.”

The former Buccaneers captain, who led the Soweto giants to two league titles and two MTN8 cups, didn’t burn his bridges when he sealed his surprise move to Sundowns three years ago, with the report further suggesting that Khoza could welcome him back.

“What’s good is that he didn’t leave on bad terms, so the door may still be open for his to return.

“In fact, he didn’t want to leave but it was Khoza who released him after Sundowns expressed a willingness to pay the big bucks for him, ” the source further added.

This campaign, the former Bafana Bafana midfield maestro has only managed two appearances across all competitions as he gradually works his way back from an Achilles Tendon injury he sustained against Kaizer Chiefs during the Shell Helix Ultra Cup in October 2019.

Since joining the reigning Absa Premiership champions, Manyisa has won two league titles and a Telkom Knockout trophy.