Galaxy pull plug on Da Gama’s regime

Former Bafana Bafana striker Shaun Bartlett replaced the 60-year-old on an interim basis

Owen da Gama was fired by TS Galaxy on Monday.
Owen da Gama was fired by TS Galaxy on Monday.
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TS Galaxy coach Owen da Gama is the first coaching casualty of this DStv Premiership season after he was shown the door on Monday after a string of poor results.

Former Bafana Bafana striker Shaun Bartlett replaced the 60-year-old on an interim basis after the former Orlando Pirates coach failed to register a win in five matches.

The Rockets lost three matches against Stellenbosch (0-1), Mamelodi Sundowns (0-3), and Royal AM (2-4). They drew 2-2 against Golden Arrows and 0-0 against Kaizer Chiefs.

The Mpumalanga-based outfit are at the bottom of the log table with two points from five matches.

Da Gama took over the reins from Dan Malesela in January. Bartlett, 48, will take charge of their next league game against Sekhukhune United at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.

The new man in charge paid tribute to his former boss as he admitted that he faced an uphill battle to turn things about.

“It is always disappointing when a fellow coach or colleague is relieved of his duties. The club requested me to take over as the interim coach to see how we could turn things about. I want to build on what coach Owen started here and try to get the best out of the players.

“Coach Owen started many good things here, and we will build on it and not disregard what he has done,” said Bartlett.

His first task is to work on the defence, which has leaked 10 times in five matches. “I want to make sure the players are in the Right frame of mind at home, and the sooner, the better.

We have to get the first win under our belt. It is a huge concern to concede ten goals in five matches. The players are under pressure, and we will work on it,” he explained.

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