Musa Nyatama exceeds personal expectations at Orlando Pirates
Posted: 20 July 2018 Time: 19:30
Orlando Pirates midfielder Musa Nyatama has admitted he never dreamt of the individual acclaim he is now enjoying at the club, and hopes to back it up with team success.
Nyatama had an outstanding debut season at the Buccaneers upon his arrival from Bloemfontein Celtic, and a year later has been honoured as the club’s top player - bagging the Fans' Player, Players' Player and Player of the Season gongs.
The 30-year-old, who will become a year older next month, has admitted that his stay at the club thus far has already exceeded his wildest expectations.
“I didn’t expect this, to be quite honest with you. As you know, the team didn’t do well in their previous season [2016/17] so it was pressure all the time whenever we got onto the pitch,” explained Nyatama.
“When I first received the call, I didn’t hesitate. I felt I needed to play for this team because not everyone gets to be signed to Orlando Pirates at my age. So, I didn’t hesitate and I took the chance when it came.
“Reflecting now, it shows that even at my age, we can still push and win these awards. I still feel that I can offer more, I’ve still got legs and I must just keep working hard.”
Further explaining his decision to join the Mayfair outfit at what was their darkest hour since the inception of the PSL in 1996, Nyatama says he had great optimism which has since paid off, and he has further hopes that the team will return to their former glory.
“The reason I came, I knew it was not a reflection of what was happening at the time,” he added.
“When I came, I thought to myself, ‘If one person or someone that they have signed can change a situation, then why can’t we change it?'
“We did a great job, and I knew the team had great players, it was just a matter of luck in some of the instances.
“Even though we didn’t win anything, we’re hoping that next season we will maintain the same standard of football and win something.”