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Nyatama: Orlando Pirates part ways with veteran midfielder

5:00 am AEDT 1/2/20
Musa Nyatama, Orlando Pirates, February 2019
The former Brazilians midfield kingpin asked to be released from his contract and the club decided to let him go

Orlando Pirates have announced the departure of former Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder Musa Nyatama. 

According to the club, Nyatama requested to be released from his contract which was supposed to come to an end in June. 

Nyatama joined the Buccaneers in 2017 from Bloemfontein Celtic and after initially struggling to adapt to life at Mayfair, he rediscovered his form to become one of the club’s important players.

He becomes the second player to jump the Bucs ship, following in the footsteps of Asavela Mbekile, who also asked to be released by the Soweto giants.

Pirates thanked Nyatama for his contribution to the club over the past two-and-a-half seasons while also wishing him in his future endeavours.

“Musa who had his contract ending at the end of this season, had a meeting with management earlier today whereby he requested to be released from his existing contract. Management has acceded to his request,” confirmed Pirates in a statement.

The 32-year-old former Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United midfielder won several individual accolades during his time with Bucs, including the Player and Players’ Player of the Season awards.

He played 30 matches, scored four goals and grabbed three assists across all competitions for the Sea Robbers last season.           

Nyatama’s departure has opened doors for new signing Nkanyiso Zungu to stake a claim in Josef Zinnbauer’s starting line-up.

Zungu, 23, joined Pirates on a three-year deal from Stellenbosch FC on Friday afternoon.