Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Lebogang Manyama has bagged the Absa Premiership Goal of the Month award for February/March and admits that his stunning strike during the Soweto derby against Orlando Pirates will forever be a memorable moment of his career.
Manyama’s solitary strike earned Chiefs a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Pirates on February 29 and as confirmed by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) on Monday, the goal received the greatest number of votes.
“I would like to take this moment to thank all the fans that voted for me for this goal,” said Manyama, who has netted six goals and provided eight assists in the league this season.
“I think is fair to say it will remain a memorable one because it was also my first [Soweto] debut goal and the award just top all of that off,” he added.
The 29-year-old stated that it took a lot of hard work by the players and coaching staff at their training base in Naturena to perfect the move, which ended with a powerful low drive from the edge of the 18-yard area into the back of the net.
“So, thank you once again. I would also like to thank the coaching staff and the boys because a lot of planning was behind that goal and it came exactly how we planned it.
“I was just the lucky one that got the chance to finish it off and thanks once again to the ‘Amakhosi’ fans, ‘Amakhosi for life’, “concluded the 2016/17 Absa Premiership Player of the Season.
‘The Glamour Boys’ will restart their league campaign against Bidvest Wits at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday evening, 18:00.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi