Cape Town - Cape
Town City captain Lebogang Manyama has heaped praise on defensive
midfielders Mpho Matsi and Roland Putsche, who he feels form an integral
part of the team.
The Mother City outfit have taken many by surprise in their first
season in the Premiership following the purchase of the status of
Mpumalanga Black Aces.
Eric Tinkler's side currently occupy third spot on the league table -
level on points with league-leaders SuperSport United - in addition to
having defeated Stuart Baxter's side 2-1 to claim the Telkom Knockout
trophy last year.
Manyama highlighted that the contribution of Matsi and Putsche allow
the likes of himself, Aubrey Ngoma and Bongolethu Jayiya to play with
more freedom in attacking areas.
"You have to give credit to Mpho and Roland and the guys that have
played behind us - they put in a whole lot of work to give us the
freedom to go forward," he told Kickoff.
"Our defence has also been great, and the only goals we have conceded
have been through mistakes. I have never seen our defence opened up,
and it’s all because of the work they put in, and the two that play in
"When you have players like Roland and Matsi behind you, you always feel safe when you go forward."
"They’ve done a really good job, and I feel they are the unsung heroes in the team," he concluded.
Tinkler's side next welcome a struggling Highlands Park side to the Cape Town Stadium when their league campaign resumes on February 7.
Kick off is at 19:30.