Cape Town - Orlando
Pirates coach Eric Tinkler concedes that captain Oupa Manyisa's form this term
was negatively affected by his proposed mid-season move to Mamelodi Sundowns.
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At the beginning of the year leading up to the January
transfer window, Manyisa was heavily linked with a move to big spending
Sundowns, and his agent Thabo Moloto even went as far as to say that his highly
prized client was definitely on his way to Chloorkop.
And, that sequence of events - as well as his participation
for South Africa - led to a below-par season for the Bafana Bafana
international, according to his coach.
"I think yes, Oupa, without a doubt, this season has
not been as good as previous seasons," Tinkler told KickOff.
"There are a couple of factors, really. He played all
the games last season and obviously went to represent Bafana as well, so he
didn't get much of a break. So mentally, I think he is tired.
Tinkler adds that a professional footballer needs to be physically and
mentally fit - and other than fitness, transfer talk also distracted the
"Also, the issues around Sundowns didn't help, you
know, and I think that caused problems. Towards the end I think Oupa seemed to
be back to his usual self and showing what he is capable of."