One of Kaizer Chiefs most influential players this season Lebogang Manyama said he has noticed the remarkable improvements Orlando Pirates have made since the arrival of their new coach Josef Zinnbauer.
“Now Pirates are much stronger…their defence is not leaking as many goals as they did in the first round so you can see that they have improved so much under their new coach [Zinnbauer] in terms of their weaknesses,” said Manyama on Thursday at the Soweto Derby press conference in Randburg
“But there are still weaknesses that we will try and capitalise on.
“We are facing a very confident team, a strong team…we are not really worried about them, the most important thing we have to do is try and get a good result for yourselves,” added the ‘Amakhosi’ midfielder.
In the current season, Manyama has played a key role for the Absa Premiership leaders Chiefs with five goals and eight assists in 19 games in the league so far.
“I am very much ready; I just want to continue playing week in and week out. I have worked hard with the fitness trainer to make sure I stay away from injuries this season. I don’t really look at the numbers individually, what matters is putting Kaizer Chiefs where it belongs,” said the 29-year-old midfielder.
Only six points separate the ‘Glamour Boys’ who are at the summit of the log and the third-placed ‘Buccaneers’ heading into the eagerly awaited top of the table Soweto Derby clash on Saturday at FNB Stadium, kickoff at 15:30.
“With the talent that they [Pirates] have, the players, the characters they have in their team, they are probably where they should be at this point of the season,” said admitted the Chiefs attacking midfielder.
I don’t think you really need motivation or confidence to play in such a game, every footballer in this country wants to play in this game… I am pretty sure on Saturday it is going to be a good one for the fans but hoping that it is going to be a good one for us,” concluded Manyama.
By FARPost Reporter