Manyisa at crossroads

2015-01-18 17:00

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Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana midfielder Oupa Manyisa has confirmed that he is in talks with the Soweto outfit’s rivals, Mamelodi Sundowns.

Despite denials from both camps, the midfield marshal, who is here in Equatorial Guinea with the national team, told City Press: “There have been discussions with Sundowns, but nothing concrete has come of them.”

Apparently, the Brazilians have dangled a carrot in front of the versatile player while his club dithers over offering him a new contract.

The industrious midfielder denied reports that he had signed for Sundowns, saying he was yet to put pen to paper.

This week, reports linked the Pirates captain with a move to the defending league champions and the figures bandied about suggest the move would be worth between R28 and R32 million.

Confirming that Sundowns had made an offer, he said he was still waiting to hear from Pirates, but added, without giving too much detail, that the Tshwane club’s offer had met his demands.

“I’m still a Pirates player and will definitely be giving them the first option,” said Manyisa.

“I heard about those reports at home and I am wondering where they come from because I have not signed anything with anyone. For now, my focus is solely on the tournament and I don’t want to be distracted by other things.I will only start thinking about that after the tournament,” said Manyisa, soon after the team landed in Mongomo on Friday.

The player is expected to play a crucial role for Bafana in the tournament as he brings a wealth of experience of playing in Africa during Pirates’ CAF Champions League campaign two years ago.

He has endeared himself to the Pirates faithful and it would be a huge loss if he were to jump ship.

It will be interesting to see what will transpire over the next four weeks.

Signing the 26-year-old would be a massive coup for the Brazilians as they ramp up the defence of their league trophy.

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