I can’t say I’m surprised that Sundowns decided to part ways with Oupa Manyisa, especially after signing George Maluleka who is a better player in the same position. If anything, I’m surprised they didn’t kick him to the curb sooner because he was clearly surplus to requirements.
I’m glad Oupa Manyisa has got out of a situation that many talented players have found themselves in at Mamelodi Sundowns. I could write a whole book about how wrong Sundowns recruitment practices are.
You know what? I am GOING to write a book about it!
I’m going to call it: ‘How Sundowns’ Transfer Policy Has Hurt South African Football’
Please don’t steal my idea…
Now, back to Ace…
Oupa Manyisa signed for Mamelodi Sundowns back in 2017. He has played no more than 50 games for the club. Injuries played a part but I think Pitso Mosimane didn’t rate him that much as a player.
In his goodbye social media post, he was thankful to the organisation and listed triumphs that he didn’t play a big part in:
“My time with the Masandawana family has come to an end. 3 years filled with amazing memories, 2 league titles, a Telkom Knockout Cup and most importantly I got to make friends that will be forever. Thank you to the chairman Dr Motsepe, Coach Pitso and all the support staff for believing in me and giving me an opportunity of a lifetime. To all the supporters thank you for taking me in as your own and for all the love. Lastly, thank you to my teammates and brothers. I will miss you guys. For one last time Ka Bo Yellow,”
— Oupa Manyisa (@OupaManyisa20) July 28, 2020
Manyisa is a technically gifted player with a boatload of stamina. As much as I love blaming Sundowns for everything that goes wrong with the players they sign, the players need to do their part. Was he committed to improving his game whilst at the club? My sources tell me that he wasn’t.
By 2019 he was battling for a place in the team with Hlompo Kekana (who has a better passing range, shot-taking ability, and captain), Tiyani Mabunda (who might not be as technically gifted but has a better positioning sense and defensive work-rate), and Andile Jali (who is an overall better player than him).
When was he going to get game time?
Oupa Manyisa has been picked up by PSL newcomers Tshakhuma Tsha Madzhivhandila.
🚨 New Signings 🚨
We would like to welcome to the team
— TTM-FC Official Page (@TTM_Original) July 28, 2020
Let’s hope he can turn his career around because he is supremely talented.