Nyatama Bucs New Manyisa?
Musa Nyatama To Fill The Role Of Oupa Manyisa At Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates’ midfielder Musa Nyatama is well on his way to becoming the player who had the likes of Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs fighting for his signature some years ago.
The central midfielder who has played some of his best football at Bloemfontein Celtic has begun his career at the Buccaneers on a high and has already bagged two Man of the Match accolades in 14 league starts.
Of the new signings made by Pirates in last year’s transfer window, the 30-year-old midfielder has proven to be coach Milutin Sredojevic’s go-to man to marshal the Bucs midfield. He has proven his worth with two league goals against Siwelele and most recently Baroka FC.
Nyatama’s defensive and offensive capabilities were instrumental in Bucs' 3-1 win over Bakgaga, with his performance drawing comparisons to former Bucs midfield kingpin, Oupa Manyisa.
During his time at Orlando Pirates, Ace maintained an 86% successful pass rate making him one of the most successful passers of the ball in the league. As a box-to-box midfielder, the diminutive Maniysa also flourished in defensive duties where he managed to win over 60% of his ground duels in midfield.
The biggest component to Manyisa’s success was his consistency as for four consecutive seasons at Pirates he managed to make over 25 league starts for the Ghosts.
Though he has only been at Pirates for just over half a season Nytama’s career stats indicate that the Bucs number 14 has what it takes to match Manyisa’s impressive statistics.
In his final season at former club Phunya Sele Sele, Nytama averaged 79.7% passing accuracy making him one of the league’s most accurate passers of the 2016/17 season. His biggest asset is his attacking prowess where Nyatama takes more shots inside the box than Manyisa who prefers long-range attempts from outside the box.
He has also matched Manyisa when it comes to consistency in league appearances. During his successful stay at Celtic, the 30-year-old made more than 91 league starts, making him one of the most relied upon players at the Free State club.
Both Nyatama and Manyisa have proven that they can score vital goals from midfield with the former edging the latter with 19 career goals at club level as versus Manyisa’s 15 career club goals.
Should he be able to maintain his current form and even improve on it Nyatama could very well fill the big shoes left by Oupa Manyisa.