Owen da Gama was the Bafana Bafana interim coach earlier this year. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

DURBAN – Highlands Park have hired Owen da Gama as their new coach.

Independent Media gathered that Da Gama was also on the radar of Royal Eagles, but has taken the Highlands Park post instead.

Lwazi Mazibuko, who is Da Gama’s manager, confirmed that they have sealed the deal at Highlands Park.

“Owen sealed the deal on Sunday. He signed until the end of the season. He will be at training this morning. They gave him an offer that he couldn’t resist. The money that they gave him, some of the Premier Soccer League teams wouldn’t have afforded,” a well-placed source stated.

Highlands Park were relegated last season in the Absa Premiership, and have collected six points in five NFD matches.

Da Gama comes in with a wealth of experience, having coached PSL teams like Orlando Pirates, Bloemfontein Celtic and Platinum Stars.

The former Bafana Bafana assistant coach recently parted ways with the South African Football Association (Safa). He was an assistant to Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba and the Under-23 national team coach.

He guided the SA Under-23 team to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Da Gama also took over as the Bafana caretaker coach in two matches earlier this year.


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