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Thabo Nodada gives charming assessment of Manyama’s role at CT City

Cape Town City FC midfielder Thabo Nodada has given a charming assessment of Lebogang Manyama’s role at the club.

Manyama retired from playing football in June 2023 after a persistent knee injury. The former SuperSport United and Bafana Baana attacker sustained an injury while at Kaizer Chiefs.

The 2017/18 PSL Footballer of the Season took the South African football fraternity by surprise when he announced his retirement.

Manyama’s inability to recover from the knee injury was confirmed as a consequence of a misdiagnosis. This resulted in an abrupt end to his playing career at the age of 33.

A few months after announcing his retirement, Lebogang Manyama made a return to the Citizens to serve as the assistant coach to Eric Tinkler.


Having played his best football at CT City, Nodada has shed some light on the important role played by Manyama at the club.

Lebogang Manyama and Eric Tinkler on the touch line for Cape Town City
Lebogang Manyama and Eric Tinkler

“Look Lebo is part of the furniture. He was the first captain to share the values and the mission of the club,” Nodada said. “So him coming back is rolling the years back; he knows what the club used to be, and that’s what he’s trying to do.

“It’s not a lot of players who get to be coached by the former Player of the Season. So that information is valuable. You can see it in the results; you can see it where we sit on the log. And I think greater things are coming.

‘Kaka’ as he’s affectionately known, along with head coach Tinkler, has guided CT City to impressive results in recent matches. The John Comitis-owned team is sitting second on the DStv Premiership log with 29 points after 16 games.

CT City won nine games in the league, drawing two while losing on five occasions. They are six points adrift of log leaders Sundowns who accumulated 35 points in 13 games.

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