Nkosinathi Mthiyane pushing for Orlando Pirates opportunity
Posted: 13 November 2017 Time: 17:30
Orlando Pirates left-back Nkosinathi Mthiyane is itching to show what he can do for the club in the topflight.
Mthiyane was a surprise signing from Chippa United at the beginning of last season but struggled to get a look-in at Mayfair under coaches Muhsin Ertugral, Augusto Palacios and Kjell Jonevret.
He was sent out on loan to Golden Arrows in the second half of 2016/17 where he found some joy with 17 appearances in all competitions.
During the off-season, Pirates brought back Innocent Maela from Mthiyane's former club Thanda Royal Zulu, adding to the competition at left-back with the likes of Marc van Heerden, Ayanda Gcaba and the versatile Thabo Matlaba.
Mthiyane played the full 90 minutes for Pirates in a MultiChoice Diski Challenge 1-1 draw against arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs yesterday at Umlazi's King Zwelithini Stadium, and showed that he can be useful for the team by effeciently bombing forward and tracking back.
"I'm feeling good now and I'm fit," Mthiyane tells KickOff.com.
"Okay, competition in football is there but nothing amazes me for that because all these guys have played. So I won't say there's competition in the team when I haven't got my chance.
"In that way, I also want to get an opportunity to play and show what I can do and feel that competition we just spoke about. But if I don't play I don't know or feel the competition."
Unfortunately when Mthiyane joined Bucs in June last year, he sustained an injury during pre-season. He suffered another knock ahead of this campaign.
"This time around I really won't say it was an injury, it was just a knock on my back thigh," explains the 29-year-old, who has never played for the Buccaneers in the Premiership.
"But I've actually been fine for quite some time and am only waiting for my chance. This injury really derailed me; however, as a footballer you always get unexpected injuries, it's the nature of the game."