Exclusive: Da Gama lays out Galaxy plans


Newly appointed TS Galaxy head coach Owen Da Gama says there is still some work to be done to get his team to the right level.

The former Bafana Bafana coach signed a three-year deal with Siyadumuza on Monday after they fired Dan Malesela, who has since gone back to Chippa United.

There is a threat that the Mpumalanga club could be relegated this season without the people of the province even watching them live in stadiums.

But Da Gama is renewed and ready for the challenge of keeping the 14th-placed Rockets in the DStv Premiership.

"Ja look, I'm very excited and happy to be back in football," Da Gama tells KickOff.com.

"You know this period that I was off for three months, I think God was busy pruning me. And I did a lot of reflection. I sat down and I said to myself, 'What can I do to be a better coach? What can I do to improve, to be a better human being?' And I also got closer to God.

"So I've been watching most of the PSL games and I've also been watching the TS Galaxy games just out of interest you know, because I know a few of the players there."

Da Gama seems to disagree with the idea that he got the Galaxy job purely because he worked with the majority of players there at Highlands Park.

"In all fairness you know, there's only eight of the Highlands Park players there. But I'm excited about the other talent at Galaxy, so it's just a matter of getting them in good shape and making sure they can compete at the highest level," he says.

"So we've got our work cut out, it's going to be a hard two months for us. But with hard work you can't go wrong you know. But there is no magic wand, you can't just say you're going to come in and win games you know.

"It's going to be a process to get this team right. It's all about getting the cohesion right, getting unity in the team, getting the right combinations and also getting the players physically in good condition."

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Da Gama says his first priority is to keep the Rockets in the DStv Premiership.

"I think number one, just being in the PSL, that's important you know because I didn't have the luxury of starting from the beginning of the season. So it's a lot of damage control now. We've got to fix up a lot of things and as I say get all the other things right.

"So for us it's just being in the PSL. It's a new team in the PSL, and we've just got to find our feet in the PSL, and be a good, competitive team in the PSL. No top eight, no top four and all those stories. And then from next season we can start making targets you know."

'ODG' says for now he will take a closer look at everyone in the current squad before adding new talent in the upcoming transfer window.

"I think it's important to give all the players a fair chance. Give them a fair opportunity, assess them, but nobody is going to be sort of released you know, some players might need a little bit more time for us to get them right.

"But the talent is there. It's just a matter of getting them ready for the PSL. And if we need one or two players to come in and help us, we will sit as a technical team and we will recommend to our chairman Tim Sukazi, and he will make the final decision."

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