Way before his reputation as a prolific goal poacher, Lesley Manyathela once came on as a substitute in the second half only to be taken off 15 minutes later.
It was actually his first game in Dynamos colours right in Thohoyandou.
For any footballer, getting pulled out in the same match in which they have been subbed on is an embarrassment, an indignity that very often can transform into a rage if one is not in control of their emotions.
For Manyathela, then only a teenager, it was no different. After those 15 minutes of shame, he was in fact ready to pack up his bags and leave. He had seen enough of Thohoyandou, and his boots pointed him towards Musina, his hometown.
“His first game was against Mabopane Young Masters in the first division,” former Dynamos ace Salthiel ‘Sathi’ Phasha tells FARPost. “We were losing 2-0 in the second half and the coach introduced him as a sub and took him out after 15 minutes. He wanted to go back to Musina after that game, but I sat down with him and told him not to give up.” Read More…