KEEPING IT REAL: CT City star Lebogang Manyama

Lebogang Manyama has warned Cape Town City fans not to expect miracles next  season.

The Citizens won the Telkom Knockout trophy and pushed for the PSL title until the last month in their first   season of existence.

Owner John Comitis has also been aggressive in recruiting coach Eric Tinkler’s replacement, in Benni McCarthy, while signing Ayanda Patosi, Lyle Lakay and Mozambique captain Jeitoso. 

But skipper and 13-goal PSL top-scorer Manyama says it won’t be easy to repeat the feat. 

Manyama explains: “I don’t think anybody should expect anything special from us or the new coach. 

“We know what we achieved last season, but it is very important that we quickly forget about it. 

“We have enjoyed the moments, obviously, but we know it is going to be a lot tougher, but of course we want to finish even higher.

“I think we have to carry on the same way we have been doing – working hard and pushing ourselves to be better everyday. 

“Hopefully our season can be better than last season.

“And the evidence is there that we always improve because when we were Aces [prior to the sale of the franchise and relocating to Cape Town] we finished fourth and a year later we were in third place.”

Of the new signings, he adds; “Patosi can play anywhere upfront and you know when you have Lyle you have a versatile  player.”