Orlando Pirates midfielder Musa Nyatama has emerged as one of the key men for Milutin Sredojević as the Soweto giants target a Champions League qualification.
In just his first season for the Buccaneers, the 30-year-old midfielder has already enjoyed his second prolific season and has scored four league goals.
Under Sredojevic not only has Nyatama become a deep-lying midfielder but has also developed into a playmaker for the Soweto giants. In the 26 league appearances, Nyatama has averaged about 88 touches per game. This is a vast improvement from the 75 touches he averaged during his time at Phunya Sele Sele.
In Bucs' recent match against AmaZulu, Nytama emerged as the player with the most touches from both sides having completed 94 touches in the 90 minutes he played.
Nyatama’s evolution as a player has also emerged from the fact that he plays for a team which retains more possession than his previous side. This has enabled Nyatama to have a greater impact on the game.
Due to the increase in possession, the midfielder has averaged an 80% passing accuracy as opposed to the 72% he averaged at Bloemfontein Celtic, owing to having more of the ball more than he did previously.
The value of Nyatama’s impact to the Bucs team can be translated to amount of time he has started for Sredojevic. This season, Nyatama has had the most starts since the 2013/14 season. He has made the starting eleven 25 times and has come on as a substitute only once. Furthermore, he has only been replaced twice which is the least amount of times since the 2012/13 season.
The Serbian coach will rely on Nyatama as the Sea Robbers target a top-two finish in the PSL table as they look to gain entry into next year’s CAF Champions League.