Former Chiefs Star Manyama Opens Up about Chiefs’ Missed Titles and Covid Challenges
In an exclusive interview with iDiski Times Editor Rob Delport, he opened up about his time at the club, missing out on titles, and how the club supported players during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Dream Come True at Chiefs
Manyama, a former Bafana Bafana international, described his time at Chiefs as a dream come true. He felt a strong sense of appreciation for the club and wanted to showcase it through his performances on the field.
From the moment he arrived at Chiefs, he felt welcomed and valued by everyone, from the kitchen staff to the groundsmen.
Building Friendships with All
The midfielder built strong connections with people at the club, including the gardeners and security staff. He believed in treating everyone with equal respect, fostering a sense of unity among all team members.
Manyama’s friendly and respectful attitude towards everyone at the club made him feel at home.
Contributing to the Team’s Success
While Manyama didn’t win any trophies during his time at Chiefs, he expressed pride in being part of a team that brought hope to the fans.
He played a crucial role in the club’s journey towards success in competitions like the CAF Champions League, Nedbank Cup, and Telkom Knockout. Although they fell short of clinching titles, Manyama’s contributions were undeniable.
Gratitude for the Club’s Support
During the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kaizer Chiefs players were fortunate to receive their full salaries.
Manyama expressed gratitude towards Chairman Kaizer Motaung and Bobby Motaung for ensuring that the players’ financial needs were met during this period.
He also appreciated the club’s commitment to supporting players during difficult times, including CAF trips amidst the pandemic.
Focusing on Good Memories
While there were some challenging moments at the club, Manyama chose to focus on the positive memories and friendships he made during his four-year tenure.
He acknowledged that no institution is without flaws, but he preferred to remember the good experiences and relationships that shaped his time at Chiefs. Manyama emphasized the respect he had for the club and its coaches.
A Forever Chiefs Fan
As Manyama bids farewell to professional football, he expressed that he will always be a loyal Chiefs fan. He hopes the club achieves its aspirations and reaches greater heights in the future.
In conclusion, Manyama expressed deep gratitude to Kaizer Motaung, Bobby Motaung, and all the coaches he worked with during an incredible journey at the club.