Cape Town - Lebogang Manyama put on a man of the match display as Kaizer Chiefs lifted the Macufe Cup following a 2-0 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday.
Amakhosi brought the 28-year-old midfielder
back home in August after his brief spell in Turkey with Konyaspor, and he
helped Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas claim his first trophy at Naturena.
Manyama, who has made four Premiership
appearances for Solinas' side, registered his first goal in the famous gold and
black jersey by bagging the opener at the Free State Stadium eight minutes
Siwelele grew increasingly desperate in
their attempts to get back into the contest and were punished for over-committing
at the death when Dumisani Zuma sealed the win for the Soweto giants.
Chiefs used the friendly fixture to prepare
for their Telkom Knockout clash with Black Leopards on October 21, with the
international break currently underway.
Manyama revealed that Solinas urged his
players to go out and entertain the crowd in Bloemfontein, despite the friendly
nature of the game.
"The coach told us during the week
that when you play for Chiefs there's no friendly games, especially with the
crowd. You can see everyone was here to see us, give them a show you
know," he told SuperSport afterwards.
"We had to make sure we give them a show.
Obviously as a team we didn't do well in the past two games. We tried to win
those games, but you have to move on. We're trying to get better each and every
"Football is not about [only] the 11
players that start week and week out. You also have a squad of 30 or 32 players
and today was a chance with the other guys away on international duty.
"Everybody will be needed at some
point during the season. It's all about the team at the end of the day."