Orlando Pirates star midfielder and captain of the side, Oupa Manyisa, is back at training and working hard on regaining his fitness.
In an interview with the club’s official website, ‘Ace’ has confirmed that he is back at training with the rest of his teammates.
“I am happy to be back,” said Manyisa. “I’m happy to be back doing what I love…playing football again. I have a deeper appreciation for this game now. At times you get lost in the moment and take things for granted. I am taking it one step at a time. It was difficult at first but I had to have faith that it was part of God’s plan which served as a motivating factor for me.
“Having spent time off, sitting on the sidelines, I've grown to realise how central this game is to my life….it is not just soccer. It is my passion, my career, my life and so I don’t want to take any of it for granted.”
“I am in no hurry to come back, I want to continue working hard at training and just try my level best to be in the best possible condition fitness wise so that when I eventually do come back I'm fitter and stronger than before.”
He added: “I just want to take this opportunity to thank the Club and the Technical team and my team-mates for their support and most importantly the Ghost, they inspired me and helped me believe that I can come back. It is also through their words of encouragement that I remained strong and focused to return from injury better.”
Meanwhile, the Bucs medical team has also confirmed that they are happy with the progress Manyisa is making in terms of recovery but are not yet in a position to confirm an exact date of his return to first team football.
According to the medical report, Manyisa is training at 80% with the Team. His session is specialised in that, he first starts with his rehabilitation programme for the first 30 minutes where the focus is around stretching, strengthening, balancing and proprioception.
Thereafter joins the rest of the team for contact training, where he is kept under close supervision during the training sessions and to the delight of the medical team he is performing at 100% without any complaints of pain or discomfort.