Time for Nyatama, Yeye to prove worth


Former Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs duo Musa Nyatama and Reneilwe Letsholonyane are expected to prove their worth to earn contract extensions at Highlands Park.

Nyatama and Letsholonyane’s current deals at Highlands are set to end in June, with the club having an option to extend the stay of both players, should they see fit.

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‘Yeye’, 37, has been used rather sparingly by coach Owen Da Gama since arriving on an initial one-year deal at the start of the season, totalling 610 minutes across 13 games in all competitions thus far.

‘Musalinho’, 32, on the other hand has managed one start and four sub appearances since joining on an initial six-month deal at the end of January following his shock departure from The Buccaneers.

Da Gama has since made it clear that the pair still have plenty to offer his squad – both on and off the field – but says the last few months of the season is a chance for them to prove they still have the desire to continue performing in a playing capacity.

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“I definitely think it’s an opportunity for them to really show what they can do, and show their hunger, which you can see is there – they show it at training,” said Da Gama.

“Certainly, this is a good opportunity for them [to try and prove their worth]. I’d like not only them but all the players to raise their hands and say they want to be here next season.

“We can’t be chopping and changing every season, you add two or three players – that’s fine, but we need the experience that we’ve gained here, and to build onto it.

“I think for them, it’s an opportunity to say. ‘Guys, we are still in the hunt; we still have the mind; we still have the legs, and more importantly the hunger.

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“The hunger is something you’ll always question because they’ve achieved everything, especially Yeye – he’s won everything, so we just want to see if the hunger is there, and so far, there’s great promise there.”