Micho explains Nyatama absence


Pirates started the season in an eerie manner, with results not going their way while player rotation also became a noticeable issue in their opening five games.

However, Sredojevic seems to have found some consistency in his starting line-up, having made just one change from their win over SuperSport United over the weekend to their 2-2 draw with Cape Town City on Wednesday night.

The Serbian tactician immediately defended against line-up tampering, despite having used 24 different players in their opening five games, and also explained the decision to bring Thembinkosi Lorch into the side in place of Linda Mntambo.

“I would disagree regarding the chopping and changing, we had gone through the pre-season and it was only that match against Bloemfontein Celtic where we had five changes, but it was due to circumstances,” defended Sredojevic.

“Playing against Bidvest Wits was very tough and we paid an expensive toll of needing to change, because it was our third match in seven days, if you remember. Otherwise, we are having consistency that we shall continue to have.

“From the last match [against SuperSport] we have one change, believing that Lorch would give us that [advantage of] playing beyond the opponent’s defensive line and giving more attacking aspects, and it showed that it was right because he assisted the first goal.”

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Nyatama, who was last season’s stand-out player for The Buccaneers – taking home numerous accolades at the club awards ceremony in July, has seemingly lost his place in midfield this season.

The 31-year-old has not featured since the Absa Premiership defeat to Bidvest Wits over a month ago, with Xola Mlambo now partnering alongside new signing Ben Motshwari.

“Musa Nyatama is one of the midfielders fighting for a place in the team. When we get him in the shape that everyone knows him, as player of the season last season, we shall of course use him, and he shall be a very important member of the squad,” Micho explained.

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