Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Milutin
Sredojevic has revealed that Musa Nyatama is causing him a selection
headache, having impressed against Baroka.
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Nyatama, who has struggled for game time this season in a team loaded
with capable midfielders, came on as a late substitute for youngster
Augustine Mahlonoko during the Buccaneers' 2-1 victory on Saturday.
"I must tell you that we chose our team based on merit," Sredojevic was quoted as saying by IOL, explaining why Pirates' current player of the season has struggled to break into his team of late.
"Everyone is equal in our team. When you are not chosen it means you
are pushing others that are playing - the season is long and everyone
will have time to play.
"We are purely selecting not based on good names or sentiments of the past, but their present competitive form.
"Musa Nyatama has come from a spell of injuries and whatever. In this
game (against Baroka), he has knocked on the door and told us: 'I am
there and I want to increase the competitiveness in the department.'
"When we brought him on, he showed seniority and maturity to slow things down help us calm the game a bit."
Bucs had gone 2-0 up thanks to goals from Vincent Pule and
Thembinkosi Lorch, only for Onkabetse Makgantai to pull one back shortly
before Nyatama's introduction.
The Soweto giants are next in action against Golden Arrows at the Orlando Stadium on October 3.