Lebogang Manyama could be set for a new role in the Kaizer Chiefs midfield after coach Ernst Middendorp experimented on a formation at the weekend.


Amakhosi beat Madagascar’s Elgeco Plus FC 3-0 in their home leg of the CAF Confederation Cup first round fixture in Durban and Manyama was played alongside anchorman Willard Katsande.

“At the moment he is playing in a similar position, but a little deeper so he have a bit of a chance in midfield to manage himself,” Middendorp told the media, adding that the player’s late arrival at the club and his most recent injury called for an assessment of his role.

Manyama, who was often used out on the wing by former coach Giovanni Solinas, joined Chiefs as a free agent from Turkish club Konyaspor four months ago and only made his debut three weeks later.


He was then involved in a car accident that kept him out for six weeks – ruling him out of crucial games for Amakhosi.

“I don’t think he was capable of moving up and down for 90 minutes because of the injury. We will shift him upfront again, but in these types of games I think it is quite helpful for him – he comes forward, runs up and down and can manage himself. I think he is doing very well,” Middendorp told reporters.