Mkhalele tells Pirates: Rest Manyisa

2015-08-04 14:45
Oupa Manyisa (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates legend Helman Mkhalele has called on the Soweto giants  to make one major signing of an attacking midfielder before the transfer window closes.

Mkhalele told Sport24 that Edwin Gyimah is a good acquisition but he feels Pirates needs to buy an offensive midfielder, who will deputise for the club’s captain Oupa Manyisa.

“I feel that Manyisa needs a break, he has played too much football and at the moment is not playing to the best of his abilities because he is tired,” Mkhalele said.

“On the wings, I happy with what we have and the coach is spoiled for options, but there is a need to get somebody in the central position to help Manyisa when he is tired like now.”

The former 1996 Africa Nations Cup winner with Bafana Bafana said Pirates are covered in every department following the arrival of Gyimah, but the need an offensive midfielder who can compete with Manyisa.

“All the departments look fine with me, but I think we need an offensive midfielder who can compete with Manyisa because the team is going to have a busy schedule,” said Mkhalele.

Mkhalele said the Pirates skipper was not as influential as expected in the Carling Black Label Cup and saw the signs of fatigue in the midfielder’s performance on the weekend.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers take on Ajax Cape Town on Tuesday in a MTN8 Cup quarter-final clash at the Orlando Stadium.

Kick-off is at 19:30.


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