Lerato Manzini insisted speaking to chippautdfc.co.za on Tuesday morning that he did not feel anything special about scoring on Saturday, 03 December 2016 against Kaizer Chiefs, but was more delighted for the supporters and the team to bounce back from the recent slump.
The Free State-born striker’s name was on the score sheet at the end of last season when the Chilli Boys beat Kaizer Chiefs in the last game of the season.
Affectionately known in football circles as ‘Zlatan Ibrahimovic’, Manzini finished last season as Club’s top goalscorer with seven goals.
It was also last season when he scored the first hat-trick in the PSL in history of the Club, but started this current season behind fellow striker Rhulani Manzini in the pecking order.
When Rhulani Manzini got injured Lerato struggled with his form and eventually lost his place to new signing, Katlego Mashego.
Reflecting on on the last minute penalty miss against Platinum Stars, Manzini said “I did not drop my head, I remained positive and knew that my chance will come, and it did on Saturday” .
“It was the first time I had missed a penalty but sometimes these things happen in football. I also did not play that well in that game but I knew if I worked hard I will get an opportunity even if its with our MDC Team.
“I had an opportunity to start and score against Kaizer Chiefs in the MDC (Chippa United won the game 1-0) the week before our game and that helped to boost my confidence.
“It was a good feeling to score but to be honest it is nothing special. It is my job as a striker to score goals. I always feel I can score goals, two or three in any game where I am given a chance. I do not set targets but I want to score every time I pull on the Chippa United jersey.
“I am always happy to contribute to the success of the team. The win on Saturday was for our supporters. We needed to bring back that smile and now we must build from this performance going forward.
I would like to express my gratitude to my family, teammates and Technical Team for support in the past couple of weeks,” added Manzini.