TS Galaxy have confirmed that former Bafana Bafana international and Kaizer Chiefs striker Shaun Bartlett has joined the club as an assistant coach to Owen Da Gama.
Da Gama recently took over the coaching reins from Zipho Dlangalala as head coach, allowing Bartlett to move in and bolster the ‘Rockets’ support staff as the second-in-command.
Bartlett was clubless after parting ways with Kaizer Chiefs last season where he served as an assistant coach under the tutelage of Ernst Middendorp.
“I’m delighted to join the club. I’m looking forward to the opportunity and to the prospect of getting the club higher on the league table,” said Bartlett on Sunday evening.
The former striker is not a novice in the coaching fraternity and has worked with Da Gama previously in the SA U23 side. He also served as the head coach of the University of Pretoria in the second-tier league.
In the 2014/15 season, Bartlett guided Golden Arrows back into the elite league of South African football by winning the National First Division (NFD) now known as the GladAfrica Championship.
“It is good to reunite with the coach, Owen Da Gama. TS Galaxy is a good club in a sense where you can grow as a coach. Being new in the league means that whatever you do will always be recognised. We have to get the club as high as possible on the log,” he added.
Bartlett will be on the bench on Wednesday when Galaxy take on Maritzburg United in a DSTV Premiership encounter at Harry Gwala Stadium alongside Da Gama, who has since explained his decision to rope in Bartlett to his technical team.
“I recommended Shaun because I’ve worked with him in the past. I coached him at Bloemfontein Celtic when he came back from overseas. I also worked with him as an assistant in the U-23,” elaborated Gama.
“I know his talent and his commitment to the game. Most importantly I admire his work ethic. I know almost all his characteristics. We have to work very hard now. He understands the South African game very well.
“I’m happy that he is on board. Together with coach, Essau Mtsweni, Ashley Makhanya and Phuphu Mohlaba, I believe that we will steer this team to greater heights. It might take time, but we will eventually get there.”
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