Da Gama explains Etafia signing


Former Moroka Swallows goalkeeper Greg Etafia is set to dust off his soccer boots after retirement and return to competitive football in the PSL next season.

Highlands Park coach Owen Da Gama has called the former Nigeria international out of retirement to compete for the number one jersey at the club this coming season.

The Lions of the North recently unveiled former Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns gloveman Thela Ngobeni on a three-year deal to bolster their goalkeeping department.

Ngobeni will face stiff competition against Etafia, Tapuwa Kapini and Marlon Heugh.

"He has not conceded a goal in pre-season. He has not conceded a goal in friendly games. He has been phenomenal. The hunger is still there," Da Gama tells KickOff.com.

"We have signed him and watch this space. He is there to push Kapini, he is there to push Thela, he is there to push Marlon Heugh. It might sound like a joke but he is incredible and doing well."

Etafia has only played for one team in South Africa since arriving at Moroka Swallows in 2003 from Nigeria where he played for Plateau United.

The former Super Eagles goalminder went on to play 198 games for the Beautiful Birds before retiring from football and later resurfaced at Baroka FC where he served as goalkeeper coach a few years ago.