Da Gama accepts mission in Ghana


Top South African coach Owen Da Gama has been invited on a scouting mission to a football tournament in Ghana.

The tournament that is expected to be contested by teams like Berekum Chelsea and Asante Kotoko will take place from 7-11 December.

'ODG' is currently unattached to any club following the sale of Highlands Park's Premiership status to Tim Sukazi of TS Galaxy.

According to Mandla Dlamini of Impilo Global, the aim is for the former Bafana Bafana head coach to identify and recommend players scouted at the tournament to PSL clubs.

"I've been working in Ghana from 2011, in football," Dlamini tells KickOff.com.

"My agency does a lot of work there, and some of the activities are we assist football clubs in terms of sustainability, and in terms of creating opportunities for their players.

"We were going to travel with Owen on the 24th of March just before the pandemic hit the world. So the invitation was extended by me to him after one of the clubs that we represent, with other teams that play in the Ghana Premier League and second division."

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"They do that to expose players to any opportunities that may arise for them elsewhere," Dlamini explains further. "In Ghana in the premier league there they don't play during the week, they play on weekends.

"I don't deal mostly with South Africans, they are not in my level in terms of the kind of work that I do. I do a lot of work in Europe. So I hardly do football things in South Africa. I have never taken a coach from here to Ghana honestly."

Da Gama also confirmed that he was on his way to Ghana, although he has now been newly linked to the vacancy at Maritzburg United since Eric Tinkler was sacked on Monday.

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