BREAKING NEWS: Da Gama joins TS Galaxy

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TS Galaxy have announced Owen Da Gama as the club’s new head coach on a 3-year deal.

The Rockets cut ties with Dan ‘Dance’ Malesela after a string of poor results in the top-flight late December last year.

Da Gama was the head coach of the now-defunct Highlands Park which was sold to TS Galaxy last year. He previously managed Silver Stars, Platinum Stars, Bloemfontein Celtic as well as Orlando Pirates.

The Mpumalanga-based outfit statement read: “TS Galaxy Football Club is elated to announce the immediate appointment of the highly experienced, Owen Da Gama as the new head coach of the Rockets.”

Da Gama will take over the coaching reins from Zipho Dlangalala who was steering the ship on an interim basis.

During his two-match spell, Dlangalala registered one point out of a possible six. He shared the spoils with Baroka FC in a 2-all stalemate last week Tuesday before succumbing to a humiliating 3-0 loss at the expense of SuperSport United at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday.

Dlangalala has parted ways with the club. With the games coming thick and fast, the club decided to go for a coach that has a good understanding of the DSTV Premiership and who has a good inclination about the current crop of players at the Club.

The 59-year-old has penned a three-year deal with the Rockets. TS Galaxy FC President, Tim Sukazi explained the reasons behind the appointment of a seasoned campaigner in Owen Da Gama.

“We are delighted in announcing Owen Da Gama as the Head Coach of TS Galaxy Football Club. Owen is a seasoned coach who has lots of experience in the local game. Most importantly, Owen has a good understanding of the bulk of our current squad after having worked with them at Highlands Park,” Sukazi detailed.

Da Gama has a proven record in South African football having steered Silver Stars to glory back in 2006 when he reigned supreme in the inaugural, Telkom Cup and also finished that season in the second position. He was also nominated as the Coach of the Season.

“As a club, we took the view that we would be best placed with a coach who has experience in the local game as the season is already on the run and there is no time to orientate a coach who has never coached in DSTV Premiership.

Given where we are in the season, we wanted someone who will hit the ground running from the onset. The fact that coach Owen has worked with most of our current crop of players gave him a notch. Unfortunately, there are not too many coaches out there who tick these two critical boxes.” Sukazi elaborated.

The majestic mentor was part of the technical team that propelled Bafana into the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Equatorial Guinea.

By Mauwane Raophala

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