Highlands confirm Owen da Gama has taken over the reins from Terry Mulondzo and Les Grobler
Posted: 25 September 2017 Time: 16:15
Highlands Park have confirmed the appointment of Owen da Gama as their new head coach.
As reported on by KickOff.com, the former Bafana Bafana assistant coach has taken over the reins from Terry Mulondzo and Les Grobler at the NFD outfit.
Da Gama - who was frozen out of the Bafana setup when Stuart Baxter was named as Shakes Mashaba's successor in May - has been tasked with steering Highlands back into the topflight following their relegation last term.
The Lions of the North, in ninth place on the table with six points from five games, next host Ubuntu Cape Town on Saturday.
Highlands released a statement, which reads: 'Highlands Park have parted ways with coaches Terry Mulondzo and his assistant Les Grobler following five games at the helm this season. The team suffered three back-to-back defeats following a promising start to the 2017/18 season.
'The team would like to thank coaches Terry and Les for their immense contribution to the team and would’ve liked to have them usher the team back to the premier league unfortunately after deliberations the coaching duo decided to amicably and mutually part ways with the team.
'Owen da Gama has since been appointed as the team’s new coach ahead of the season with his tenure starting effectively immediately with the match against Ubuntu Cape Town FC on Friday 14 October at the Makhulong stadium with the kick-off scheduled for 14H45.'