'Vision attracted me here'

Da Gama promises to save battling Galaxy

Neville Khoza Journalist
Owen Da Gama addresses the media after being announced as the new coach of TS Galaxy.
Owen Da Gama addresses the media after being announced as the new coach of TS Galaxy.
Image: Sydney Seshibedi

Without putting any pressure on himself, new TS Galaxy coach Owen da Gama has revealed that he knows what he needs to do to rescue the club from relegation.

Da Gama was named as Galaxy's new head coach after signing a three-year deal yesterday. He replaced Dan Malesela, who has joined Chippa United.

He plans to improve the Rockets' position in the DStv Premiership, where they sit in 13th place on the log table.

“I like to come deep in the team, sit down with Tim [Sukazi, the club chair] and sit down with the rest of the technical team, which I have already done, and come up with a collective plan,” Da Gama told the media. 

“I cannot just come from outside and start making plans. I have my vision. I got my understanding of what I think should be done. But I think in consultation with the rest of the technical team and management, we come up with the collective plan and say, ‘this is the way forward’.

“I have already picked up on issues we can improve but as I said before, I need to sit down with the technical team, with the players as well. The players are going to play a big role in turning things around as we come up with plans. So they need to buy the whole idea, and they got a hand and a say in moving forward.”

Da Gama also revealed that he was approached by two other clubs, but he was not convinced by their vision. “When you look at the history of TS Galaxy, you can see the ambitions. Winning the [Nedbank] Cup while in the GladAfrica Championship, that’s a great achievement,” Da Gama said. " ... The vision attracted me here.

“The most important thing is the longevity of the club. It is not that if you don’t win the next three games, you are gone. The most important thing is the improvement. We have to see a major improvement within the club with results.”

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