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Manyama – Downs Are The Best Team In SA

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Lebogang Manyama has weighed in on the debate about Mamelodi Sundowns’ domination of the DStv Premiership, saying they are the best team in South Africa.

The 30-year-old who is slowly recovering from a knee injury that required surgery spoke to iDiski Times writer Velile Mnyandu recently.

Among many topics discussed, Manyama also spoke about Chiefs’ upcoming opponents in their DStv Premiership.  

“You have to respect what they’ve achieved. You have to respect the work they’ve done from coach Pitso Mosimane to the coaches that are there now, the players themselves,” Manyama said when asked about Downs domination.

“I mean, it is with no question that they’re the best team in the country. And that’s everybody’s target, that’s the level you want to play and people you want to compete with, of course, I think all the contending teams, all the teams that really, really, with all due respect to other teams, but that really, really are called contenders and play like contenders on a weekly basis. Surely they also think similar that the team to catch is Sundowns. 

“It’s to give them all the respect they need, you cannot just look at them, you still have a difficult games to play, still have to go to Cape Town twice, which is difficult, you still have to go to… unfortunately Bloem is not there anymore, you still have tough games, the derby which is a different game, so you still have a lot of games, difficult games to play. 

“But still for everyone else, the team to catch is Sundowns because they’re without no doubt the best team in the country but also you must not just look at them only.” 

Manyama also praised the strong core of Sundowns’ squad, which helps new players to settle in easier.

“Of course they’re consistent and they’ve got all the money to buy any player they want (laughs) but also you can buy all the players you want but to put them together I think that’s the difference with them, they put together a squad, they’ve got the core in the team, the Mshishi’s, the Hlompho’s, the Kermit’s, your Onyango’s, players who have been there for a long time and players who have won everything,” he added.

“So that makes it easier for even the guys that are coming through to see players that have been there still pushing them to make their team better. 

“And that sort of unity should be a lesson to other teams, for them to have so many – I wouldn’t say star players but – very, very good players that will probably start in any of the teams in the PSL and still play like they play and still look as united as a play. It’s a huge lesson to take from them.” 

You can read the full interview with Lebogang Manyama, who also talks about missing the CAF Champions League final due to injury, working with Stuart Baxter, Chiefs’ new signings and how close he is to returning to the pitch, in edition 35 of iDiski Times.

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