Malesela reflects on Galaxy’s decent start

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TS Galaxy head coach Dan Malesela believes that his side showed great character as they have played against good teams in the DStv Premiership with an unbeaten run after three matches.

The Rockets currently sit seventh in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) log standings with five points.

The Mpumalanga-based side got the better of AmaZulu and shared the spoils with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) and Kaizer Chiefs.

Malesela insists that he doesn’t want to sound selfish or unreasonable as one can see that all is not lost and there is hope going forward regarding the team’s progress thus far.

“We’ve played good teams. One would have wished that we got maximum points in all those games particularly the last game against Chiefs. We created chances and we didn’t use them. I wish we could have taken them but at the same time, you can’t be selfish and say whatever,” said Malesela in an interview with the TS Galaxy website.

“In all the games that we’ve played, we’ve created goal-scoring chances. If we didn’t create scoring chances I will be complaining. We need to work on converting our chances into goals.”

The former Chippa United mentor is happy with the club’s two clean sheets in three games, having conceded only one goal against them.

“I am happy that we haven’t conceded in the last two games but it is not only that. The fact that we were not seriously threatened, it is a plus for the team. Sometimes you survive in matches and I’m not the one to make excuses. If we were outplayed, I will be the first one to admit that we didn’t play well. The fact that we were not seriously threatened says a lot about our defending and our organization. One is pleased about that,” he emphasised.

He went on to say that the international break is very crucial because it affects training and players tend to relax which is psychologically not okay for his lads.

“I spoke with the players about the psychological effects of this period so that we don’t relax heading into the next game (against Swallows). It is very crucial mentally because somehow they affect training and players tend to relax.

“We need to be careful at how we express ourselves. We have to put a lot of effort at training. We need to have our minds very set for the next task ahead. We’ve only played three games. We can’t afford to relax because we have a Fifa break,” Malesela elaborated.

Coach Malesela also expressed how elated he is about his side’s captain Given Msimango’s call up to South Africa’s Under-23 squad. Msimango’s stellar performance earned him a Man of the Match accolade in their last encounter against Amakhosi.

“We need to empower young leaders and see if we can get leadership. Not only for us but also for the country because there is a serious need for leadership anywhere else. If we identify a player or a younger person within the squad, it is good for the future. I’m happy for him, I wish that he can represent the club and the country with distinction. Hopefully, he will do well and then bring back something. That also empowers us as a club to have a young leader doing well for the country,” he adds.

“I was just saying to the other players the other day, sometimes the life of football is so amazing. This boy (Given) was not a regular at Highlands Park. All of a sudden he comes here, he gets a regular starting berth. Not only that but he becomes the captain of the team. The next thing, he gets a call up to the national team. That’s how amazing this game of football is. That’s how quickly things can turn around.”

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By Mauwane Raophala

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