Cape Town City Chairman John Comitis has explained the reason behind adding former club captain Lebogang Manyama to his technical team. Manyama recently announced that he is retiring from football due to a knee injury.

A week ago, the Citizens released a statement on their social media platforms appointing their former captain as an assistant coach to Eric Tinkler.

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“Cape Town City are delighted to confirm the appointment of former club captain Lebogang Manyama as an assistant coach in Eric Tinkler’s technical team. Welcome home Lebza,” read the club statement on the social media platforms.

Manyama and Comitis have come a long way together having started in Ajax Cape Town a decade ago. The 33-year-old rejoined Cape Town City after parting ways with Kaizer Chiefs at the end 2021/22 season. But didn’t play the entire season due to injury.


The former Citizens captain has played more than 300 matches in his career, scoring 55 goals and providing 39 assists.

Comitis indicates the comeback of a former Bafana player into his team is to bring a link between the players and the coach.

“We’ve been playing some good football but results haven’t been coming. It’s more of an attitude thing for me,” said Comitis on Radio 2000.

“That’s why we’ve brought back Manyama to be the link between the players and the coach. He knows the club well. We felt something was missing.”

Manyama has already started with his duties as part of the club’s technical team and he was on the bench when City played a goalless draw against TS Galaxy.

By Katleho Hlalele