Da Gama ready to take Galaxy to greater heights


TS Galaxy new coach Owen Da Gama says the most important thing is to get the foundation right as they want to add value in the South African football top-flight.

Da Gama joins the Rockets on a 3-year deal and hopes to take the club to the promised land.

The 59-year-old is pleased with the number of quality players that the club possesses.

“There’s a lot of talent at this club. It is just unbelievable. What I know is that we are going forward as a team. There are no Highlands Park players or TS Galaxy players. We are one team that is TS Galaxy. We are going in to this challenge as a unit. That is the message that we laid to the players. I think that is going to bring a lot of stability within the team and a lot of love within the team,” says Da Gama.

“The most important thing is to get the foundation right. I don’t believe that TS Galaxy is in the position to compete with anybody. TS Galaxy has got to compete with itself. We know the vision of the chairman.

“We are looking for a big improvement. There’s no wonder stick that says we are going to beat everyone. By laying that foundation of improvement, that’s when we are going to achieve what we want to achieve.”

The former Highlands Park coach revealed he joined the Mpumalanga-based outfit because of the ambition of the club’s president Tim Sukazi and his management team.

“When I looked at the ambition of Tim Sukazi and his management team, I was amazed. The team won the Nedbank Cup while in GladAfrica Championship. That told me about the ambition of the club. You look at their social media platform, it is unbelievable. You look at the dedication from the entire management, this club is very professional. That’s what caught my attention,” he adds.

“I want to be part of something like this. My relationship with the team goes from way back. For me, it is homecoming because we’ve built this relationship of mutual trust and respect. I think that is very important.”

Da Gama believes that it’s of paramount importance to turn the mindset of the players in order to get fruitful results moving forward.

“We have to get players performing at their best and to be confident. confident comes with hard work. I think confidence is a little bit low now. It is something that we got to get right,” said the former Bafana Bafana assistant coach.

“I’ve got a very good feedback from the technical team. I’m not just coming from outside with my theories. It is well documented that I’ve got information from the technical team. As a collective, we got to plan as to how we move forward to try and improve as a team.”

Galaxy will be aiming for their second home win of the season when they welcome Chippa United at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday. The kick-off is scheduled for 15:30 in the afternoon.

The Volksrust-born mentor highlighted the importance of winning home games in order to survive in the DStv Premiership.

“You got to win your home games. You got to make sure that you win as much game as possible at home. You must first get it right at home and try and improve away but it is a process and hopefully, we will get it right. It is all about hard work now. Talk is easy but we got to put in to practice,” Da Gama concluded.

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By Mauwane Raophala

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