Owen da Gama back to his roots today
Posted: 30 July 2010 Time: 14:22
While news of Owen da Gama's shock departure Bloemfontein Celtic is still doing the rounds among fans, further speculation is that ‘Rubber Doll' will be named Platinum Stars head coach before the day ends.
Sources at Dinaledi are tight-lipped about the situation. The last disclosure this week was that they were still tying up the loose ends of a two-year contract that Steve Komphela had with them, and that former AmaZulu coach Neil Tovey was in line for the vacant post.
However, impeccable sources in the North West indicated to KickOff.com at midday that Da Gama is definitely returning to his roots.
Da Gama and Platinum Stars go back a long way; in fact, the former Moroka Swallows has the distinction of taking the founder club, Mapate Silver Stars, from the amateur ranks right through to the elite ranks.
His continued success at getting good results for the club that was renamed HP Silver Stars and then later Platinum Stars saw him being lured to Orlando Pirates during 2007/2008 season.
Da Gama's subsequent move to Celtic has been a stormy one with the Augosti family management. A rift appeared half-way during last season with reports of a pending split, which ironically was also linked to reports at the time that Free State Stars coach Gordon Igesund was being targeted to replace him.
In his heyday as a striker, Da Gama not only played against Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, but went up against teams like Russia's Spartak Moscow and England's Liverpool while he was playing for Derry City in Ireland.