Thursday, December 27, 2018

Nyasha Munetsi Flourishing In Orlando Pirates Central Defensive Role!

Nyasha Munetsi is slowly turning into a key player at Orlando Pirates after impressing on his new role as a center back at the Sea Robbers.

The 22-year-old Warriors rising star who is a natural central midfielder, is enjoying his new role as a central defender at the Soweto giants earning a permanent place in the heart of Milutin Sredojevic's defence at the club.

Having initially faced with uncertainty at Pirates following a return from a loan spell at Baroka at the beginning of the previous season, with the player seemingly not in coach's plans as his name did not appear on the squad list for the 2017/18 season Munetsi has managed to transform himself into one of Sea Robbers' key men.

The towering midfielder had to endure a six months wait on the sidelines before forcing his way into the first XI after impressing new coach Micho who had been tasked to bring back the 'Glory days' at the Bucanneers.

To accommodate all his midfield players and at the same time benefiting from Munetsi's undoubted talents, Micho opted to deploy the Zimbabwean midfielder as a center-back where he can use his natural talents to his advantage, with the directive to partner captain Happy Jele at the heart of Bucs' defence.

The Mabvuku-born star grabbed the opportunity with both hands and controlled the position like it was tailor-made for his talents.

The former Cape Town FC midfielder managed to hit the ground running- keeping Pirates in a disciplined shape that allowed the good combination play of Ben Motshwari and Xola Mulambo in the midfield to flourish and be more attack minded.

Ever since he was introduced to the first XI in August 2018 against Bloemfontein Celtic, Munetsi has played 6 premier league matches, 3 Telkom Knock-Out and 2 Caf champions League matches so far this season. From the total of 11 appearances he has made so far this season, the Warriors rising star has registered 6 wins, 3 draws,  lost only 2- the other one when he was red carded in the 40th minutes against his former side Baroka FC in a Telkom semi-final bow. Baroka went on to win the trophy.

Munetsi who played a key role as Orlando Pirates secured a spot in the CAF Champions League group stages after rolling out an incredible performance with a thou-shalt-not-pass attitude to deny the Namibians a chance on goal last weekend, joins a list of top central midfielders who have progressively transformed into center-backs like Javier Mascherano who dropped to central defender from midfield at Barcelona. Ashley Cole and Patrice Evra who were both attacking midfielders in their youth careers but have managed to successfully switch to left back position for Chelsea and Manchester United respectively.

Another one is Kolo Toure who was a striker and an attacking midfielder but then at Arsenal turned into a center back.

However, Munetsi's new role at Pirates could help mould him into a complete and much effective central midfield player for the Warriors by developing his defensive skills and honing his confidence on the ball.


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