Kaizer Chiefs’ Lebogang Manyama will be switched from his regular position as an attacking midfielder and be deployed as a striker in Bafana Bafana’s in back-to-back-friendly matches against Namibia and Zambia, coach Molefi Ntseki said.
Bafana have started preparations for their friendly encounters against Southern African neighbours Namibia and Zambia at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Thursday and Sunday respectively.
Head coach Ntseki has explained the role he needs Manyama to play in the national team.
Having played in the midfield as a number ten as well as a right and left winger, Manyama will be the focal point of Bafana’s attack with Ntseki stating that the Tembisa-born star has played in that position before.
In the 2016/2017 season, Manyama in the colours of Cape Town City walked away with three awards including the Premiership’s Top Goal Scorers gong with 13 goals.
“In terms of how we want him [Manyama] to play, we’ve selected him as a striker. We will be working on him at training to prepare him for the position that we want him to play,” said Ntseki.
“He has played before as a striker but for the role that we are bringing him in is a different one. That’s why we have him as a striker even though people are saying he has done well as a midfielder for Chiefs.”
Manyama’s best performances for ‘Amakhosi’ arrived in the middle of the park as he added pace and power to the Soweto giants’ attack since joining them in 2018 from Turkish Super Lig side Konyaspor, scoring seven goals and providing nine assists in 32 games last campaign.
“We have more of a profile for him where he played as a striker and he did very well,” concluded the Bafana coach.
Ntseki will use the October FIFA window to prepare his troops for the important back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2021 qualifiers against Sao Tome in November.
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