Sundowns waiting on Oupa Manyisa


In the meantime, Mamelodi Sundowns is hovering in the horizon, waiting to snap up Manyisa and hand him a five-year contract that will move him into the bracket of the top five earners in the PSL – a list which currently has three Brazilian players and two from Kaizer Chiefs.

It is no secret that Pirates definitely want to retain their best player, but the big question is whether Bucs are willing to offer him a deal that will make him the highest earner at the club.

Though Pirates have vastly increased the 26 year-old’s earnings since his arrival at the club in 2008 from the Africa Youth Development Academy, he is still not amongst the League’s top earners, despite having been amongst the top performers over the last three years.

Manyisa’s value on the market has skyrocketed based on the fact that he has been Pirates’ most consistent performer since 2011, starting 132 games of the 149 that Bucs have played since the beginning of the 2011/12 season.

Having played 51 of the 53 games for Pirates during last season’s marathon campaign, he was a deserving recipient of all awards he took at the club’s end-of-season awards. He has also already played all 12 matches so far this season.

Preliminary talks between Pirates and Manyisa’s management team are said to have already started, but there is nothing solid as yet to suggest that the Bafana Bafana midfielder is definitely staying, which is why Sundowns are watching with interest, ready to lure their target.

Pirates boss Irvin Khoza is handling this matter on behalf of the club.

Manyisa can only start ‘officially’ talking to other clubs in January when he enters the last six months of his contract.