Da Gama slams his players

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Highlands Park coach Owen da Gama has blasted his players following their 0-2 defeat to SuperSport United at Makhulong Stadium on Sunday.

Da Gama feels some of the players didn’t come to the party as they went to the match with an amateur approach.

Without mentioning any names, Da Gama warned those players to pull up their socks if they want to continue playing for the ‘Lions of the North’.

Goals from Aubrey Mothiba and Bradley Grobler gave SuperSport the victory and all three points.

“There are some players who approached the game with an amateur attitude. You beat Kaizer Chiefs and get good results against Golden Arrows and now you think you have arrived,” Da Gama explained.

“And you think it is just going to happen automatically. Everybody knew who was going to pick up in the set pieces and you don’t pick up Grobler – the most deadly player.

“Nobody picked him up, no one and somebody knew he has to pick him up. I don’t want to expose players but at the end of the day when you approach the game with specific tactics and a player goes in and does his own things.

“I just think we never came to the party today. It is that amateur attitude of saying we have arrived now.”

Da Gama added that they won’t give players a break until they show that they want to work for the club.

“Players must understand that you could be in the team this year and next year not because we want to improve. If certain players don’t want to improve then there will be a problem,” Da Gama continued.

“There are some players who are coachable and some are not, they think they know the game some other players who have not played 10 games in the PSL they think they have arrived.

“For me, there was no hunger and fighting spirit from some of the players and that makes it difficult when you are watching the game and trying to fix things and there are five players who are not in the game so where do you start?

“We gave them two days off after the (Golden) Arrows game and this is what we get. So that’s not going to happen again we are going to work until we get it right.”

By FARPost Reporter

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