Jonty Mark
Football Editor
1 minute read
9 Sep 2014
10:06 am

Manyisa – Bafana are ready for battle

Jonty Mark

Oupa Manyisa says Bafana Bafana are up for what is likely to be a torrid midfield battle, when South Africa take on Nigeria in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Cape Town on Wednesday evening.

Oupa Manyisa. Picture: Backpagepix.

Bafana are set to face a step up in talent from their 3-0 win over Sudan on Friday night, as they come up against players of the class of Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel and Lazio’s Ogenyi Onazi.

Onazi and Mikel are likely to try and dominate the midfield areas against Bafana’s Andile Jali, Dean Furman and Manyisa himself.

“We are ready for them, we have told ourselves to give 100 percent,” said the softly spoken Manyisa this week.

Manyisa acknowledges that with Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba’s intent to play two strikers up front, there is an extra workload on the midfield quartet.

“ We told ourselves that when you use two strikers, the midfield has to do a double shift,” said Manyisa.

“We must go forward and come back, it is nothing new to us.”

Nigeria suffered a shock defeat at home to Congo-Brazzaville in their opening 2015 AFCON qualifier on Saturday, but Manyisa was not surprised.

“It is part of football, you win some and you lose some,” said the Orlando Pirates midfielder.