Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has singled out one of his key charges for his contribution to the club since his arrival, while handing him a Brazilian alias.
‘Inho’ is a suffix commonly found in Brazilian names, which means ‘little’, and was particularly made famous by one of Brazil’s greatest attackers in Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, better known as Ronaldinho.
Though not similar in style of play or stature, it is perhaps his importance to the team that Sredojevic has tried to emphasise by handing midfield workhorse Musa Nyatama the same suffix.
The Serbian spoke glowingly of the former Bloemfontein Celtic man and believes he will play a key role in their bid for a “visible trophy” this season.
“’Musa-linho’ is a pillar of this team since he has come to Pirates. He’s a versatile player that could satisfy anything that football demands,” said Micho.
“I would like to say he is a two-way traffic player – a player that helps us in the build-up and a player that helps us in protecting the goal.
“As such, we are honoured, pleased and privileged to have such a human-being and player amongst us, that is also visible to us but invisible to many.
“He is an unsung hero and a person that does all the work, and he stamps the authority of the game-model that we play.”
The Buccaneers next face SuperSport United in their second Absa Premiership fixture on Wednesday evening, following their CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg defeat to Green Eagles of Zambia.