Oupa Manyisa full of praise for new Orlando Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral

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The Soweto giants spent a week on preseason camp together in Potchefstroom, playing two friendly matches as they eased past NWU 5-0, before overcoming Acorn Bush FC 3-0 courtesy of a Thamsanqa Gabuza strike and a brace from midfielder Manyisa.

The Bucs skipper feels the time away together as a group was definitely beneficial to his side.

“Yes, it’s been great,” he tells his club’s official website. “We were bonding as a team and the preparations are going well for the upcoming season."

Manyisa, who is eyeing a long-awaited comeback from injury, then revealed what new coach Ertugral is expecting from his charges, saying how team unity has become the key motto for the club.

“He is definitely a good coach,” Manyisa says. “I am happy with what he wants and all the players are adjusting to his coaching methods as well. We camped for a whole week and it’s all sinking in which is why I can’t wait for the start of the new season.

“He wants us to be organised and play as a team, work as a unit, be patient in approach and believe in our talent as a unit. There is no room for individualism, as coach Muhsin puts it; we win as a team and we lose as a team. Whether we are attacking or defending it doesn’t matter, he wants us to fight as a team.”

Manyisa will hope Ertugral’s approach reaps the rewards when the Bucs face perennial rivals Amakhosi in Saturday’s Carling Black Label Cup at FNB Stadium. Kick-off is at 3pm.

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