Retired Lebogang Manyama joins the Citizens as Tinkler’s assistant

After suffering a career-ending injury, Lebogang Manyama has bounced back as an assistant coach at his former club Cape Town City.

Manyama was at the prime of his career when it was cut short by a knee injury. He will now serve as head coach Eric Tinkler’s assistant in his new role at the club.

The club tried to revive his career as a player, but the injury was just too troublesome for the muscular forward. He was only 33 years when he was forced into retirement.

Born in Thembisa in Ekurhuleni, Manyama grew up in Alexandra in the north of Johannesburg.

Manyama, who also played 11 matches for Bafana Bafana, was previously on the books of Ajax Cape Town, SuperSport United, Mpumalanga Black Aces, Cape Town City, Konyaspor (in Turkey), and Kaizer Chiefs before he hung up his boots prematurely.

He played his best football in 2016 after he was signed by City. It was in that season that he became the league’s top goal scorer and won the PSL Player of the Season award.

After winning the accolades, he attracted the attention of the Turkish side before returning to the country to join Amakhosi.

“Cape Town City are delighted to confirm the appointment of former club captain Lebogang Manyama as an assistant coach in Eric Tinkler’s technical team.

“Welcome home Lebza,” wrote the Citizens in a statement.

The experienced and well-travelled Manyama will add some steel into Tinkler’s technical team.

The Citizens, who are lying in a precarious position on the DStv Premiership league table, have some of the most fantastic players including Khanyiso Mayo.

They occupy position 14 after squandering more points at the weekend when they allowed AmaZulu to sneak from behind and claim a 3-2 win via two late goals in Durban.


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