CAPE TOWN – There would’ve been sighs of relief in the Mother City soccer circles and beyond after the news came through on Thursday afternoon that Lebogang Manyama has completed his move to Turkish club Konyaspor.
The Cape Town City captain left Durban on Wednesday, following Bafana Bafana’s 2-1 defeat to Cape Verde in a World Cup qualifier, to Turkey for a medical after the two clubs agreed terms during the transfer window.
But following the drama surrounding Ajax Cape Town defender Rivaldo Coetzee’s non-transfer to Scottish giants Celtic a few weeks ago – due to a foot problem that saw him fail his medical, although he has subsequently joined Mamelodi Sundowns – Manyama and Cape Town City would’ve waited with bated breath until there were signatures on the dotted line.
That process was completed in Thursday in Konya, central Turkey, with the club Konyaspor announcing on their website that Manyama has signed a three-year contract.
The 26-year-old attacking midfielder will wear the No 10 jersey for his new team, with Konyaspor noting in their statement that Manyama was the South African Footballer of the Year last season, with 14 goals and six assists.