Jonevret brings out best in Oupa

The New Age (Gauteng) - - SPORT - KGO­MOTSO SETHUSHA kgo­mot­sos@the­newage.co.za

THE level of per­for­mance coach Kjell Jonevret has been able to get out of Or­lando Pi­rates and Oupa Many­isa in par­tic­u­lar, has been truly im­pres­sive.

Coin­ci­den­tally or not, Jonevret has been us­ing more or less the same for­ma­tion which made Many­isa the mid­field mae­stro he was ad­mired for. The Bucs cap­tain ap­pears to have re­gained his con­fi­dence and has looked re­laxed un­der Jonevret, know­ing his ex­act role and find­ing him­self out of po­si­tion less fre­quently.

He has lost his in­hi­bi­tions of re­cent months, when the Buc­ca­neers went 13 matches with­out a league vic­tory, which in­cluded the crush­ing 6-0 de­feat to Mamelodi Sun­downs.

The in­flu­ence of se­nior play­ers can­not be dis­counted in any setup and the im­por­tance of the cap­tain’s role has cer­tainly not been lost on Many­isa.

The diminu­tive mid­fielder is to lead the Buc­ca­neers against Bloem­fontein Celtic in the Ned­bank Cup quar­ter­fi­nal at Or­lando sta­dium to­mor­row.

“When I ar­rived, ev­ery­body said that Oupa has been a lit­tle bit down, his form not good,” Jonevret said.

“I think he has been a key player for the team in the last five, six, seven games that I’ve been here now. He is im­por­tant for us. He does a lot of work in de­fence and is com­fort­able on the ball. He is an im­por­tant guy for the team.”

Many­isa has seen Pi­rates’ sea­son un­ravel as their down­ward spi­ral con­tin­ued this sea­son, the 2-1 league loss to Celtic un­der­lin­ing the ex­tent of the depths of de­spair into which they had plunged.

But it’s cer­tainly go­ing to be a dif­fer­ent Bucs side that will face Celtic to­mor­row night, a team re­vived un­der Jonevret and eager to end the sea­son on a pos­i­tive note.

“Or­lando Pi­rates still pose a threat even though they have had a poor run this sea­son,” Celtic mid­fielder Lyle Lakay said. “They have won their last two games if I’m not mis­taken and the key play­ers in their team are also pick­ing up their game.”

PIC­TURE: GALLO IM­AGES

RE­JU­VE­NATED: Or­lando Pi­rates skip­per Oupa Many­isa.

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