Jonevret explains Manyisa snub

2017-03-02 11:17
TOO NICE: Oupa Manyisa is not captain material. (Samuel Shivambu, Backpagepix)

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates head coach Kjell Jonevret has explained his thinking behind Oupa Manyisa's unexpected substitution in their 1-1 draw against Polokwane City last weekend.

Manyisa was sacrificed in the 70th minute - for Issa Sarr - something the Buccaneers' faithful did not see coming.

The Swedish mentor hinted that he spotted fatigue catching up with the hard-working captain and opted to substitute the 28-year-old.

Jonevret said he sees all players in his squad as equal, regardless of their roles and reputation.

"He (Manyisa) had a fantastic 70 minutes on the pitch in my opinion," said Jonevret.

"People have been talking of him being a little bit down recently. I think he was absolutely okay and if he can work hard for 70 minutes for me and I substitute him without cramps it makes me happy.

"Next time it could be another player. To me it doesn't matter if you are a captain or not.

"I encourage hard work from all players and if you are tired I must take you out."

An industrious Manyisa is expected to lead the Sea Robbers' attack when they face perennial rivals Kaizer Chiefs in Saturday's Soweto derby at the FNB Stadium.

Kick-off is at 15:30.

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