The future of Lebogang Manyama remains up in the air at present, although Siya sources have revealed that he may have been thrown a bit of a lifeline in Europe.
The 27-year-old left Cape Town City for Konyaspor last year after winning numerous individual awards and the Telkom Knockout in the Citizens’ debut season, although things didn’t quite work out as planned and he struggled for game-time, and reports in Turkey have suggested that he could be on his way out.
However, despite rumours being rife regarding a return to Mzansi, the Siya crew has been informed that current coach, Sergen Yalcin, has been impressed with his application in training and could look to use him more in the next campaign.
Manyama was linked with a loan return to South Africa back in the January transfer window; however, the fact that he had already played for both City and Konyaspor this season meant that it wasn’t possible to make another move due to FIFA’s rules.
Now, while there will no doubt be interest from Mzansi should the player become available - although he does still have two years on his contract – there could be a chance that he will try to stick things out in Turkey and try to make an impact there under the new coach next season.
The crew spoke to his representative, Alfred Phiri, who said, “The new coach has said that he likes him, and we’d like for him to stay there and get a chance to play.