Nyatama: We need to trust our process
Posted: 16 August 2018 Time: 10:30
Orlando Pirates midfielder Musa Nyatama is adamant the team are on the right track and emphasised the need to complete the finishing touches to their game model.
Pirates have been a work in progress since the arrival of coach Milutin Sredojevic and his new-look technical team at the start of last season, as they showed a massive improvement by ending second behind champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
Expectations are much higher this time around, given that the only way up is to win some silverware, but the road has not been quite as smooth since the start of the new season.
Following their elimination from the MTN8 over the weekend, easing the disappointment in the stands would only come with a victory over log leaders Bidvest Wits on Wednesday evening.
However, that was not the case and the ghosts of their past seem to be haunting Pirates again, with Nyatama admitting their finishing needs urgent improvement.
“The only thing that we need do is to score goals when in front of the poles – that’s the only thing we need to work on,” said Nyatama.
“Ball possession-wise we’re doing well but, as I say, we need to score goals. And we know it’s going to be a tough game against Bloemfontein Celtic [on Sunday] but, as I said, we need to soldier on, work hard and make it a point that we score goals.”
After missing out on the penalty shootout defeat to SuperSport United on Saturday, the Bucs’ player of the season was happy with his return in what was a new-look central midfield featuring Xola Mlambo and Ben Motshwari.
While the result did not go their way, Nyatama rallied support for the team’s fight towards returning to their former glory, and stresses the need to pick themselves up for their next fixture against Phunya Sele Sele.
“It’s always a good feeling to be back in the team but to be on the losing side is a sad thing.
“You can have 70-80 percent ball possession, but not winning the game is not easy to swallow,” he added.
“But we still have to trust our process, as we know we’re still in a process. We need to keep going, work hard and I’m sure we’ll get something in Bloemfontein.
“We’ve got another game coming up on Sunday, so we just have to lift our heads up and soldier on.”