Da Gama tips Mahlangu for bright future

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TS Galaxy head coach Owen Da Gama has predicted a bright future for Macbeth Mahlangu, who has been instrumental for his side this season.

The 19-year-old defender made his debut last year against Stellenbosch FC and since then he never looked back.

Mahlangu has been a solid rock at the heart of the Rockets’ defence, having featured in 10 league games thus far.

“I see a great star in Macbeth Mahlangu. This boy is matured at the age of 19. He is one of the best defenders I’ve ever worked with,” said Da Gama.

“I see big things coming for him. If you look at Bafana Bafana, they’ve got a very ageing defensive team there.”

Da Gama continued: “This boy will go to Tokyo (the Olympics). There’s no doubt about that. When I was at Bafana we played Rivaldo Coetzee at the age of 17 and he went on to prove us right. People are not taking notice of Mahlangu because most of our games haven’t been on television.”

“Two seasons ago when I said Peter Shalulile is the best striker in the country people laughed at me.”

The former Bafana Bafana assistant coach also pointed out that there are a few players who caught his attention since he joined the Mpumalanga-based outfit.

“There’s a lot of good talent at TS Galaxy. Tshegofatso Nyama is one of the players who stand out for me. Nyama hasn’t featured much but he is a great talent. Even Khayelihle Shozi is another top-notch player,” explains the 59-year-old mentor.

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By FARPost Reporter

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