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Highlands Park coach Owen da Gama wants his players to stay focused during the last few months of the season

Posted: 25 January 2018 Time: 19:00

Highlands Park coach Owen da Gama says the final few months of the National First Division will be no “child’s play” and has called for his players to keep their feet on the ground.

With 12 matches to go, table-toppers Highlands have a lead of six points and are seen as favourites to win automatic promotion. They have scored the most goals in the league (28) and have conceded the least (nine), showing their class at both ends of the pitch.

It is, however, important that they remain focused on the job because the second half of the season usually comes with surprises. Teams are fighting for promotion while others are looking to avoid the relegation axe.

“I think it’s going to be hard in the second half of the season. There’s 12 matches to go. There’s still a long way to go and we understand that well and it will be much harder than before. Everybody wants to be in our position, no doubt about that. But it’s good for us because it takes us to another level in terms of our performances and that means we take every game as a cup final. We understand the enormity of the task at hand. It’s no child’s play, so we will keep soldiering on,” he tells KickOff.com.

“There’s experience in our team and you always want that in your team. We have our weaknesses, but we keep trying to fix them. We were working on tactical discipline, which was the most important. I came in at difficult time after the team had lost three games in a row and I did not have a pre-season with them, so I had to carry on with how I found things and with the players that were in the team.”

Da Gama went on to praise striker Moeketsi Sekola, who was recalled early from his loan spell at Chippa United. Sekola scored two goals on his first game back against Super Eagles earlier this month.

“He’ been fantastic. He has lifted all the boys and we are happy to have him.”

Article by: Tshepang Mailwane
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