Musa Nyatama: No one owned positions at Pirates


Ex-Pirates midfielder Musa Nyatama has expressed his delight after joining Highlands Park.

The experienced midfielder joined “Lions of the North “during the January transfer window after parting ways with Orlando Pirates where he made over 50 League appearances.

Speaking to FARPost Nyatama explains his reasons on why he chose Highlands and how is life so far in Makhulong.

“So far so good and I’m enjoying myself. The team is doing well, and that’s what I’m happy about and also helping the team and the guys achieve their goals for this season, “said Nyatama.

“Highlands Park are an ambitious team; they want to win things as you saw at the beginning of the season when they reached the final of the MTN 8.

“The fighting spirit of the guys here, the way they play is really amazing. So that is one of the many reasons I chose Highlands Park,”said the midfielder.

Nyatama had a wonderful first season with Orlando Pirates where he made 28 PSL starts for the Buccaneers, playing alongside skillful midfielder Xola Mlambo as they formed one of the most formidable combinations in the 2017/18 season for the club.

The midfielder was a nominee for the PSL Midfielder of the season and the Players player of the season at the PSL end of season ceremony and lost out on the Award to Mamelodi Sundowns duo of Hlompho Kekana and Percy Tau on the individual awards respectively.

Though Nyatama went on to win ‘Player of the Season and Players player of the Season’ at the Orlando Pirates end of season awards.

“I don’t want to dwell too much on Pirates, but I enjoyed my stay at the Club. It was nice until I left. I did enjoy myself, until the end. It was a very good stay and a good experience,” added Nyatama when he was asked about his stay at Pirates.

An injury setback and the club’s acquisition of new players like Kabelo Dlamini, Fortune Makaringe, Siphesihle Ndlovu didn’t make things any easier for Nyatama. But the midfielder says the arrival of those player never made it difficult for him to reclaim his spot at the ‘Buccaneers’.

“No, it didn’t [The arrival of new players]. You know, each and every team and in each season, they sign the best players. So, one has to fight for his position, no one claims positions. So, I wouldn’t say they limited my chances of playing. I was playing before, but then I got injured so it was a bit difficult to get back into the team immediately and the team was doing well”

At 32 years, one would think Highlands could be the last big chance for the Benoni born midfielder but Nyatama says he still has so much to offer in the game.

“At this moment my focus is Highlands Park, to help them be in a good position on the log and see how far we can go in the Nedbank Cup. At this moment all my focus is here, just to help the team be in the top 5 on the log,” concluded Nyatama.

By Shane Matsoyane

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