Orlando Pirates have finally admitted to eyeing the league title this season if Musa Nyatama’s words are anything to go by.
With six matches remaining in their 2017/18 season Absa Premiership title chase, Pirates are one of the contenders for the title, with 42 points in second place on the log, behind Mamelodi Sundowns who are on 43 points at the top of the standings.
However, Milutin Sredojevic and almost everyone at Bucs have always preferred to shift the focus away from title talk and discussed something else whenever doing interviews since the season started.
But if Nyatama’s latest interview is anything to go by, The Buccaneers are now admitting to wanting to win the PSL title this season.
“Our stance on this issue seems to have created some controversy but for us it’s simple. The club had a difficult 2016/17 season and we have taken an undertaking as players and Technical Team to use that as our motivation. We are fighting for the pride of the brand and to restore our reputation as one of the best teams on the continent,” the midfielder told Pirates’ official website.
“This is a two-fold approach for us. Firstly, we focus on each match as it comes by doing a proper analysis of the opponent. That includes identifying their strengths which we need to guard against, and also identifying their weaknesses, both individually and collectively, which we will look to exploit. In order to achieve this, we play as a team and every player on the field is aware of what the plan is and what we need to do in order to execute it,” added the 30-year-old.
“Our secondary objective is to accumulate as many points as we possibly can. When we started the season, we wanted to improve from last year’s position. I think it’s safe to say that we will finish safely within the Top 8, and will also show improvements in all departments as well. Like Coach Micho always says, we are a work in progress. We are always working towards improving our performance at training and on match day. We are aware of the implications of tonight’s result against Celtic and all the results from this point on. Should we found ourselves in a position to win the Absa Premiership in the process, then, of course, we will grab that opportunity with both hands (he says with a beaming smile). Winning at Orlando Pirates is obviously a requirement but doing it now would only mean that our plans would have come to fruition a lot earlier than expected,” said Nyatama.