Kaizer Chiefs hat-trick hero from their 3-2 win over Lamontville Golden Arrows Lebogang Manyama is pleased that he was able to contribute towards Amakhosi’s victory on Wednesday evening. As things stand, the win means that Chiefs have an outside chance of finishing in the top eight. Amakhosi now hold their qualification for next season’s MTN 8 competition in their own hands, thanks in a large part to Manyama’s heroics against Arrows. A win on Saturday in their final league game of the 2020/21 campaign will see Chiefs finish in eighth place of the DStv Premiership.
The importance of Chiefs’ win over Arrows has not been lost on Manyama who has been buoyed by his man of the match performance against them.
“It was very important firstly that we won,” says a happy Manyama. “We know what happens at the village when you win – the mood is positive. I think it’s a place that deserves more of that.”
Manyama also made history becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in a league game between Chiefs and Arrows, in what was their 40th league meeting on Wednesday.
“To score hat-trick at this huge Club is an honour,” adds Manyama. “There’s not many players that do that, so I am honored to be part of that. Hopefully I can get more.”
For the hard-working attacking midfielder, it was his first league hat-trick since making his league debut just over a decade ago. And is happy to have achieved this.
“I don’t think I’ve scored many hat-tricks in the league before – I have scored many in training matches,” he confirms. “Scoring a hat-trick is sweet, but to do it at a club of Kaizer Chiefs’ magnitude is huge – you will always be counted amongst players who have score hat-tricks here.”
He has most definitely been counted amongst some very historical company as Manyama’s hat-trick was the 14th scored by a Chiefs player in a league game in the PSL era. He is also the 9th different player since 1996-97 to score a league hattrick for Chiefs.
Again, Manyama is not getting ahead of himself and is just pleased to have contributed to the team’s success. “Most importantly it was a hat-trick that gave us a very important victory in terms of where we are going and what is in front of us. We have to remain humble and work on getting better. If you can score three, it means you have the chance to score more. We have to try and improve each and every time”.
On the issue of scoring, he took his tally for the season to eight league goals. This means that in the domestic league, Manyama has scored 49 goals in 227 league games. These are impressive numbers for a midfield player more accustomed to setting up goals than scoring.
“I always try to get myself into positions where I can get a chance,” he says. “You have to give credit to the guys who gave me the chances because usually I am the one who creates. It does not just happen that I go over eleven players and score, it starts from somewhere.”
It now all hinges domestically for Chiefs on their game against TS Galaxy on Saturday and Manyama is looking forward to getting a win in what will be a very challenging encounter with both teams fighting for the same spot. He does believe that Chiefs can now get the business done on Saturday at Mbombela Stadium.