Musa Nyatama expects tough Orlando Pirates encounter against unworthy relegation-threatened Maritzburg United

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Orlando Pirates midfielder Musa Nyatama expects a tough battle against a Maritzburg United side he feels are worthy of retaining their Premiership status.

Pirates are set to visit the Harry Gwala Stadium this evening to face bottom-of-the-log Maritzburg in a high-stakes Absa Premiership encounter.

The Team of Choice are five points adrift of safety with just four games remaining, having collected just 20 points from their 26 games thus far.

Pressure is beginning to mount for both sides, however, as The Buccaneers are in need of points in order to maintain their lead atop the standings, with defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns hot on their tails after moving level on 50 points from 27 games.

Nyatama therefore expects a tense affair tonight as he points out some of the quality personnel at coach Eric Tinkler’s disposal that are not worthy of their current situation.

“It won’t be an easy game. We know very well that they’re fighting against relegation,” Nyatama tells snl24.com/kickoff.

“But if you check the players they have, it’s not a reflection of where they should be. They’ve got good players – your [Thabiso] Kutumelas, [Fortune] Makaringes, Siyanda Xulus, etc.

“There are a number of other good players, and I don’t think they deserve to be fighting relegation, so it won’t be an easy game.

“We’re anticipating a very difficult battle, but we will try to do our level best to win.”