The man behind Manyisa’ success

Oupa Manyisa is one of the best midfielders in South African football. He is currently ranked number one in terms of making a team play in South Africa. Manyisa has been part of the Orlando Pirates Football Club for more than 10 years now.

Oupa has been coached by a lot of coaches in his career and a lot of them were very impressed by the way he showed character as a young Pirates player. One of the coaches who identified talent in the star midfielder was the late Bibey Mutombo from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Bibey coached Orlando Pirates in 2007. Bibbey latter died in 2008 after a long illness.

Oupa Manyisa was part of the team when Bibbey Mutombo was a Pirates coach in 2007. Oupa was used as a replacement for a right back position at Pirates. The right back position was cemented by Lucky Lekgwathi. When lucky was either suspended or injured, Bibey would use Oupa Manyisa on that position and Oupa did not disappoint as a right back player although he was originally a midfielder.

When Bibey resigned as Orlando Pirates coach, he instructed Pirates management not to sell or offload Manyisa to any team. He instructed the management that there was still a lot Oupa would do for the team. The management indeed did not disappoint Mutombo. They never offloaded Oupa Manyisa during the period and up until today, Oupa is still part of the Pirates team and before his injury last season he was the team captain.

What Bibey saw on Manyisa during those days is what we currently respect Oupa as a player now. Oupa is currently the best midfielder in the country and he has proven to the rest of the continent as well during Orlando Pirates’ campaign in the CAF competitions. Oupa was a wanted man in Africa after Pirates’ loss in the 2013 CAF Champions League campaign. The African giants like Zamalek, Al Ahly both of Egypt were interested in signing the midfielder.

Since 2007 Oupa is still the best player at Orlando Pirates and if it was not Bibey Mutombo who instructed the management not to sell Oupa, no one knows what would have happened to such a talent. As South Africans we should be thankful to the late Bibey Mutombo for his vision about Oupa Manyisa. We can now see the reason why the late coach saw in Manyisa although during the 2007 time we did not really see what specialties Oupa has as a player.

Oupa is also part of the national team setup and a lot is still expected from him. Oupa is currently back in training with Orlando Pirates and he is expected to start playing from the 30th July 2016 when Pirates faces Chiefs at the Carling Black Label Cup. South African football fans are excited to watch Oupa Manyisa back in action.

Manyisa is a true Orlando Pirates player and he has shown his loyalty when he was linked to Mamelodi Sundowns 2 seasons ago. He indicated that he will not play for any local team except Pirates. We again say thanks to the late Bibey Mutombo for believing in the midfielder.

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