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da gama's job on line

By Mogomotsi Selebi | Mar 16, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

OWEN "Rubber Doll" da Gama's future with Bloemfontein Celtic is hanging in the balance.

Club chief executive Ikie Augousti confirmed yesterday that, despite his heroics this past season, a decision on the coach will be taken after their meeting this week.

"Obviously, our sixth place finish on the log is something to be proud of, but we need to look at a number of things. Did the players we had this season contribute to our position?" Augousti asked.

"Thembile Kanono and Tlou Segolela did absolutely well this season, so these are the issues we need to look at."

He also expressed some disappointment in the style of play, which many Celtic fans say is too defensive.

"Sometimes we seemed to give the opposition too much respect. We must make teams feel that they are playing away every time they come here, even Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates."

Da Gama hinted on Saturday that he might not be with the club next season.

"I have always delivered at all the teams that I have coached. I have a contract that runs until 2011 but in South Africa, a contract is as good as the paper it is written on," he said.

He said coaches are not given ample time to implement their methods at their clubs in order to succeed.

"Clubs must have complete confidence in the coach," said Da Gama, who might have a valid point.

He saved Celtic from relegation and took them to a credible sixth on the log.


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