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Highlands Park coach Owen da Gama brushes off TKO exit as he awaits Tendai Ndoro debut

Posted: 25 October 2018 Time: 06:00

Highlands Park coach Owen da Gama is banking on new signing Tendai Ndoro making a difference upfront for the Absa Premiership returnees.

Ndoro recently joined the Lions of the North, but has to serve a three-match ban stretching back from last season when he was incorrectly registered with Ajax Cape Town.

The former Orlando Pirates striker is likely to make his Highlands debut against Maritzburg United in the league at Harry Gwala Stadium on November 11.

"It is why we signed Ndoro because we know he can score goals. We know we are creating a lot," Da Gama said.

"Against Chiefs we had 17 shots on goals and we couldn't score. If a young team in the PSL comes in and plays this way; you go to Sundowns and you create opportunities, I think we had nine shots at goals against Sundowns.

"So I'm just proud. I think it's a process, football is a process. You slowly grow. I think some teams in the PSL have got better, some teams have got worse, I can't judge for you."

Meanwhile, Da Gama brushed off his side's Telkom Knockout last-16 2-1 defeat to Maritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.

Da Gama drew the positives from the loss, and offered encouraging words for Thabo Motlafi even though the player missed a number of opportunities for the visitors.

"I'm far too experienced to be dejected. I think we are a new team in the PSL, we are finding our feet in the PSL," said Da Gama, who won the TKO with Silver Stars in 2006.

"We've got quite a young team, new players in the PSL that are debutants in the PSL with five or six games. But I clearly think, if you really look at it, we had enough chances to win by big margins. There were a lot of chances.

"Thabo Motlati alone should've scored five. So I was happy with the fact that we are creating opportunities, that is very important.

"Sometimes it doesn't go your way. You create opportunities, but it doesn't go your way. I'd rather have a player who misses five goals than a player who misses nothing, or the player who misses one or two goals.

"I think Thabo Motlafi is a rising star. I think this boy is going to go places and I'm proud of that, I'm proud of that.

"We don't go and buy players, we produce players. And I think it's important to understand that a boy like that is going to find his feet. He'll make mistakes, he'll learn and that only happens in games like these.

"If you know how to lose, if you know how to win, I think there's a bright future for a lot of these boys."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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