Absa Premiership

Manyisa eyes league glory

2015-08-06 14:48
Oupa Manyisa is tipping Bafana Bafana to qualify for Russia 2018 (Supplied)

Cape Town - They may have been bundled out of the MTN8 at the first hurdle, but Orlando Pirates captain Oupa Manyisa has bigger fish to fry.

The Sea Robbers are looking for vast improvement in the PSL in 2015/16 after two fourth-place finishes over the last two seasons.

That return will never be good enough for a club as big as Pirates, and now under coach Eric Tinkler they are eyeing a return to the summit of the PSL table and a first title since 2011/12.

"Every season presents a new challenge and new opportunities, every start of the season we tell ourselves that we want to win the league and it’s not different this time," Manyisa told Sport24.

"We are a huge team and as such a lot is expected from us so we will have to rise to the challenge.

"I want win the league badly… because I see how hard my team-mates are working daily to bring success to this club and I would like to see our hard work been rewarded with a league title."

Bucs have already been hard at work, having started the continental season in the CAF Confederation Cup, but Manyisa believes that the extra football the side has had to play will not hamper their title charge later in the domestic season.

"Ordinarily it would be a problem as the CAF participation has decreased the amount of rest we would have had," added Manyisa.

"On the flip side of it though, it has helped us maintain some level of momentum in our fitness. We also have a great medical and physical support team that anticipated this and planned accordingly, so I don’t forsee a huge problem." 

Manyisa will be out to help Pirates reclaim the league title in PUMA's new evoSPEED SL boots - the company's lightest match boot to date. 

Weighing in at 103 grams per boot - light and fast have become lighter and faster with the introduction of PUMA’s innovative football boot. Manyisa is just one of the many global football stars that will wear PUMA's evoSPEED SL boots this season which include the likes of Sergio Aguero and Marco Reus.

Other South African stars that will wear the same boots are Tokelo Rantie, May Mahlangu, Siyabonga Nkosi, Dikgang Mabalane, Lefa Tsutsulupa, David Mathebula, Bevan Fransman and Mpho Makola.

Read more on:    orlando pirates  |  psl  |  eric tinkler  |  oupa manyisa  |  soccer

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