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This age perception must stop, warns Orlando Pirates midfielder Musa Nyatama

17:24 EAT 20/07/2018
Musa Nyatama & Justin Shonga of Orlando Pirates, & Siphiwe Tshabalala of Kaizer Chiefs
The experienced midfield maestro insisted that players over the age of 30 can still deliver after walking away with three gongs at the Pirates awards

Orlando Pirates  central midfielder Musa Nyatama is pleased to have proved his doubters wrong this past season.

The hardworking player scooped three accolades at the club's awards ceremony which was held in Johannesburg on Thursday night following an impressive 2017/18 season. 

Nyatama collected the Player of the Year, Players' Player of the Year and Fans' Player of the Year awards after playing an important role in helping Bucs finish as runners-up in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

As a result, the Buccaneers qualified for next season's Caf Champions League and they are set to participate in Africa's most prestigious club competition for the first time in 2013. 

Nyatama had joined Bucs from Bloemfontein Celtic at the beginning of last season and there were questions on whether or not he will be a success.

The Daveyton-born player quickly established himself as a key player for the Buccaneers - making 30 matches in all competitions under Serbian tactician Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic.

"I believe that I served the team well," Nyatama was quoted saying by the  SABCSport. 

The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United player had a point prove at the Houghton-based outfit. 

"There is always this perception in South Africa that when a player is over 30, he cannot perform," he continued.

Nyatama was preferred ahead of Thamsanqa Sangweni and Issa Sarr in central midfield. 

"However, most players are at the peak of their careers when they are over the age of 30 and this age perception should stop," Nyatama, who started his professional career at Thanda Royal Zulu in 2008, said.

"To my fellow football players, even if you are over the age of 30, you can still do it," he concluded. 

The box-to-box midfielder, who will turn 31 next month, hit the back of the net four times and grabbed three assists in the process.