Da Gama, Pirates part ways


However, Da Gama, who spent one full season in charge of the Soweto giants and still had two years remaining on his contract with Bucs, did not rule out a return to Pirates in future.

“I thought it wise to leave Orlando Pirates at this stage. In football there is an element of luck – the right place at the right time – that did not work in my favour. I do not want to leave Orlando Pirates in a manner which will make it impossible for me to return under different circumstances.”

Meanwhile, club boss Irvin Khoza conceded that pressure on coaches at the Orlando Pirates is immense, but added that it applies to every official, player and staff at the club, and bid Da Gama well for the future.

“It has never been easy to serve at Orlando Pirates Football Club. There is always pressure from the chairman, coach, team manager, players right down to the receptionist. Orlando Pirates supporters throughout the country measure their well-being through amongst other things – the performance of the team.

“I accepted Owen’s (da Gama) request because I want this to be an experience that grows him rather than distract him. I wish Owen well and I am convinced his talent won’t be lost to South African football,” Khoza said.