Da Gama Parts Ways With SAFA
Owen Da Gama Parts Ways With SAFA
Former Bafana Bafana assistant coach, Owen Da Gama, has confirmed that he has parted ways with the South African Football Association.
It was reported in May this year, 2017, that the former South African National U23 head coach may have seen his time with the senior setup come to an end following the appointment of Stuart Baxter at the helm.
The 56-year-old has since confirmed to Soccer Laduma that he and the association have reached an amicable agreement to part ways.
“Yes, we have parted ways amicably and I want to take this opportunity to thank SAFA for the experience and knowledge I gained while working with them,” Da Gama told the Siya crew.
The former U23 mentor then went on to highlight all his achievements with both the U23 setup and the Bafana Bafana team.
“With the U23, my highlights were qualifying in Africa, eliminating the number one African country and host, Senegal, in Senegal, eliminating them and qualifying for the 2016 Olympics Games.
“Also, playing in the Olympics, against the hosts, Brazil in their background with 80 thousand spectators and Neymar, the most expensive player in the world, on the park and we drew 0-0 with them despite having one man sent off.”
“My other highlight was with Bafana Bafana as an interim coach, where we beat Guinea-Bissau 3-1, this after drawing 1-1 with Mozambique after the Senegal game. For Mozambique, I only used the players that have not played against Senegal. With Angola, the highlight for me was playing two U20 players, Phakamani Mahlambi and Luther Singh, starting them for the first time, I think that is history in South African football. We played other players and we drew 0-0,” he concluded.