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Nyatama Admits Struggles Post-Komphela Exit

Moroka Swallows interim coach Musa Nyatama admits they’re not in an ideal position but is confident they can come together and rise above adversity.

Swallows were brought forward this season as the ‘rebirth’ of the original Moroka Swallows to rise to their bold history.

Steve Komphela was appointed and a host of high-profile players were signed, including the likes of Dumisani Zuma, Andile Jali, Letshane Phalane, Gabdinho Mhango, Vusi Sibiya, Tshegofatso Mabasa and Bongani Sam.

It started well before the failure to land a new sponsor saw them run back into the financial trouble that plagued the squad last season, where several players weren’t paid on time, if at all during some periods.

It led to a stand-off from the players where they protested, refused to train and even did not honour fixtures against Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows before the Africa Cup of Nations break at the end of the year.

“It’s a very difficult task with new players in, but they’re gelling in and trying to get into the new philosophy Swallows are playing, it will take time but we will be ready to play Platinum City Rovers,” Nyatama explained.

As many as 22 players were fired for bringing the club into disrepute, while the financial issues also saw Komphela eventually part ways via mutual agreement.

“I need to thank coach Steve and appreciate his words that he’s told the players to respect us as a technical team is there,” Nyatama added.

“We’re swimming in problems but it’s not something we want to dwell on, we want to move forward.

“It’s a very difficult position we’re in not having so much time to prepare, but we’ll get there.”

Having previously led the side between the appointments of Dylan Kerr, Morgan Mammilla and Ernst Middendorp, Nytama says he’s ready for what lies ahead for the rest of the season despite leading an inexperienced, much-changed side.

“We have been through this last season, but we have belief in the squad, the players and the technical team can come together to have solutions to take the team forward,” he said when asked if he’s confident about turning the tide.

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“The players are in a good space and looking forward to facing Platinum City Rovers but it will need a little bit of time to believe in themselves one day at a time.”

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.