Musa Nyatama admits downturn in Orlando Pirates contribution

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Orlando Pirates midfielder Musa Nyatama admits he failed to build on his sterling maiden season at the club but is delighted that the team has done well as a collective.

Nyatama is Pirates reigning Player of the Season, following his instrumental role in the club’s turn around last season, when they rose from 11th in 2016/17 to second position.

The 31-year-old’s resurgence was particularly impressive after his failed stint at Mamelodi Sundowns and having to bide his time on several loan spells at Bloemfontein Celtic.

But this season has not quite been kind to the midfield workhorse, having succumbed to injury on several occasions in the early stages of the campaign.

 “It hasn’t been a great season, personally, with plenty of ups and downs. Though I feel I tried my best to help the team, but injuries obviously limited my chances,” Nyatama tells KickOff.com.

“But, nonetheless, I think I’ve begun to move in the right direction and the team is also moving in the right direction.

“I was hoping to build on where I finished last season but, like I said, the ups and downs of injuries … But I’m glad I’ve managed to find my way again and started playing regularly of late.”

Nyatama has since re-established himself as a key figure in the centre of the park alongside Ben Motshwari, particularly in their last three games that yielded nine points.

“Ben is a great player, he’s adapted well to the system of the club and I’m happy he’s doing well for himself,” he adds.

“You might say that the recent results are down to us, but I feel like the team as a whole has done well and everyone is contributing in their own way.

“We’ve all tried our level best to get the desired results, and we hope to continue doing so in the remaining three games.”