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Manqele: I was showing them Edward still exists

Experienced Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila striker Edward Manqele says his match-winning brace against Polokwane City in the Nedbank Cup is a sign he is back at the top of his game.

Manqele rolled back the years as he struck twice for TTM against Polokwane on Wednesday at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Mohammed Anas got the opener for Rise and Shine before Manqele's double won it for the National First Division outfit.

As such, the former Free State Stars, Mamelodi Sundowns, Moroka Swallows, Chippa United and Kaizer Chiefs forward believes he still has plenty to offer at the highest level.

The 31-year-old told Kickoff: "Everyone is happy you know, the guys, even the management, as we managed to win the game.

"Though it was tough because Polokwane are playing in the PSL and we are playing in the NFD league, so we had to fight.

"Obviously it was not easy but then obviously having the senior players with PSL experience played a major role, especially for the youngsters to guide them. We had to work you know, share responsibilities.

"You know playing against Polokwane we knew it was not going to be easy, we had to put in more effort. Luckily, we wanted it more than them and I'm happy.

"I had a slight injury but as you saw I'm making sure that I work hard. It was my first game coming back from the injury.

"People had forgotten that Edward still exists, so I was showing them ukuthi I'm back now and I'm still there. Ja, I mean obviously the performance means a lot to me.

"I had to show that, even though we might still get promotion to the PSL, if not then go through ama play-offs you know. But I just have to work hard and see what happens by the time the season ends."

Manqele joined the second tier promotion hopefuls in August of 2018 as a free agent having been released by Chippa at the end of the previous season.