Absa Premiership

Nyatama reveals tactics behind Pirates win

2018-02-05 06:53
Musa Nyatama (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates midfielder Musa Nyatama believes that quality from set-pieces and a formation change was key to beating Maritzburg United 2-1 in Saturday's Absa Premiership clash.

The 30-year-old was Man-of-the-Match in the contest as the Sea Robbers bounced back from a 3-0 defeat to Ajax Cape Town last Wednesday to move to second in the standings behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

Strikes in either half from Thabiso Kutumela and Happy Jele helped the club to the three points despite a late onslaught from the Team of Choice in which Siyanda Xulu pulled a goal back. 

Nonetheless, Nyatama was pleased with the display as Bucs stuck to their plan while both goals came from set-pieces. He told SuperSport after the game: "That’s our game plan. We tried to manipulate one side and play through the middle and try to squeeze passes to our third half. 

"We also managed to score from set-pieces today and I’m very happy about that. It was very hard but I’m happy because we stuck to our tactics. 

"We knew they were going to play with three at the back so we thought let’s match them pound-for-pound. But I’m happy with the points. It will take us somewhere." 

Pirates are back in action next Saturday when they face the Urban Warriors in a Nedbank Cup Round-of-32 tie at the Orlando Stadium.

Kick-off is at 10:15.


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