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Nyatama: We Need To Make A Statement

Orlando Pirates defensive midfielder, Musa Nyatama, is set on helping his club build from their 1-0 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic after a winless run of seven league games.

The lanky midfielder scored the only goal of the match against his former side this past Sunday securing the Soweto giants a narrow victory over their long-standing rivals. 

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Speaking to the Siya crew, Nyatama said the victory against Phunya Sele Sele has come at the right time following a string of draws and losses and it will be key in helping the team’s confidence ahead of their crucial encounter against SuperSport United.

“We needed this win, plain and simple, it’s mentally tiring to play well and not have the results go your way and that’s been the case for us,” Nytama tells the Crew.

“Winning against Celtic reminded us of the feeling of winning and it was satisfying for us as players and for the supporters who have been waiting for a positive result. We’ve been pushing ourselves despite the difficult situation we have been facing these past few matches and credit needs to go to the players.”

The 30-year-old also commented on scoring against his former side with which he spent 5 years on a loan deal from Mamelodi Sundowns before making the move permanent in 2015. 

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“Look, as a big team, we need to make a statement against whoever we play. Pirates’ is a big team and our supporters are always looking at us to win our games. So whatever opportunities we have to win game and score goals, we have to take advantage to the fullest,” added Nyatama. 

Nyatama joined the Buccaneers in July this year and forms part of the trio of defensive midfielders which includes the likes of Issa Sarr and Thamsanqa Sangweni. The central midfielder has been in the starting line-up on 10 occasions and has come on as a substitute only once bringing his totally tally of league appearances to 11.

Pirates will look to erase the nightmare of the 6-1 thrashing they received at the hands of  Matsatsantsa last year in September when the two teams square up on 5 December 2017.  

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