Fresh from winning the PSL’s Player of the Month award, Orlando Pirates’ Musa Nyatama is looking forward to further contributing to the team’s success this season, as the Soweto giants are chasing honours in the league’s title race with the remaining few matches of the season.
Nyatama has been the most consistent player for Pirates this season, with the midfielder having missed only one match in the team’s Absa Premiership campaign to date.
“Winning this award means that I am gelling well at Orlando Pirates and adapting to the style of play that the coaches want from us. This award means a lot to me. It means that I am moving in the right direction with my football and that I can still show people that I am a good player who works hard, despite being 31 years old,” Nyatama told Bucs’ official website.
“It also motivates me to keep doing well over the next five games, because now people will be expecting that I keep this form going into the end of the season. It’s a good thing because these awards keep you on your toes and make you work even harder because people are recognising what you are doing. I want to thank my team for allowing me to play the way I do, it’s a collective effort and I’m here accepting this award off the back of the hard work that they put into everything we do,” said the central midfielder.
Another achievement for Nyatama is that he has won six Man of the Match awards already in his first season with the Buccaneers.
“I think the turning point for me was the realisation and acceptance that I have a lot to learn. I am willing to learn at every training session and take that into every match. I always try to improve as a player by paying attention to what the coaches say. Coach Micho, Coach Rhulani and Coach Benson always motivate us, they bring us up when we are down and they also encourage us to stay humble and focused when the team is winning. They encourage us to keep sight of our goal. Before each game, the coaches always show us motivational videos to help us focus. I use that opportunity to clear my mind of everything but the opposition, I also try to maintain that focus throughout the game,” the former Mamelodi Sundowns player said.
“It’s the first time in my PSL career that I have won so many Man of the Match Awards or to have this level of consistency. I know I have to work hard at each and every game and try to get wins for the team. However, I can only attribute my good form to the calibre of quality players surrounding me. My teammates make me look good on the field, I appreciate that. We help each other with our shortcomings, we cover one another wherever we can and always push each other to the max,” he said.