Former Orlando Pirates marksman Lesley Manyathela’s mom, Gladys Manyathela, has tipped her nephew Lesedi ‘TT’ Kapinga for success following his move to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Kapinga recently penned a 5-year-deal with the Brazilians after 2 seasons at Black Leopards.
Manyathela, an aunt to Kapinga, is aware of the pressure that comes with playing for a big club, but believes her 25-year-old nephew is ready for the big stage.
“The sports (football) is in the family and what I wish is for him to go forward,” Manyathela told FARPost from her Musina home.
“I want him to show the world out there that he can make it. Right now, he is at (Mamelodi) Sundowns and I wish him the best, I want him to play the football that he knows and show the world that he can do it,” she said.
She is convinced that like her late son, Lesley, who also played for the senior national after his move to Pirates, Kapinga will have a chance to one day don the Bafana Bafana jersey.
“I will be proud to see him selected in the squad (Bafana Bafana). I wish him the best and I pray for him that really, God should prosper him,” Ms Manyathela added.
The diminutive playmaker was 8, when Manyathela died in a car accident. Next Sunday marks exactly 17 years since the 2003 Golden Boot Award winner died.
Kapinga has repeatedly spoken of his admiration of his late cousin, especially his discipline.
By Ofhani Munyai