Oupa Manyisa of Orlando Pirates
Wednesday Apr 13, 2016. 15:05
Orlando Pirates midfielder Oupa Manyisa says he's happy to be back and doing what he loves the most, playing football again.
The Buccaneers skipper was speaking to the club's official website saying he's taking it one step at a time.
Manyisa has been absent in the side following his injury in September last year after suffering a fractured fibula ,but is now working hard to return to full fitness.
Although Eric Tinkler's side are set to meet Lamontville Golden Arrows for their Absa Premiership assignment this weekend, it's not yet indicated whether 'Ace' will make the travelling squad.
“I am happy to be back, 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,” Manyisa told the club's website.
“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.”
The Bafana Bafana international also added a word of thanks to the club, teammates and the Bucs' faithful, saying their encouragement has helped him.
“I just want to take this opportunity to thank the Club and the Technical team and my teammates for their support and most importantly the Ghost,” adds Manyisa.
“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 focussed to return from injury better.”
The Soweto giants are fresh from a 1-0 victory over Free State Stars in the league and will now hope to avenge their first round defeat to Abafana Bes'thende at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.