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Da Gama Parts Ways With SAFA

Owen Da Gama Parts Ways With SAFA

By Soccer Laduma - Sep 06, 2017 01:25 PM

Former Bafana Bafana assistant coach, Owen Da Gama, has confirmed that he has parted ways with the South African Football Association.

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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. 

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“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.  


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Derrick.com Joined: 23 Aug 2016
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Derrick.com Sep 06, 2017 06:06 PM
He can do better than Baxter, he should be given a chance as well.
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MR E Sep 06, 2017 05:37 PM
Good luck Mr Da Gama
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musa005 Sep 06, 2017 05:17 PM
It's clear Owen wanted to be the head coach so he left after Baxter beat him to the job
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Myaka weliPhefeni Sep 06, 2017 05:07 PM
In Bafazi Bafazi was not bad bt on under 23 was a disaster any way good luck for the next move
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Nhlpato Sep 06, 2017 03:14 PM
Anyway ur were useless dagama no achievmnt
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roger-fetumba Sep 06, 2017 03:11 PM
Only have memories of individual games no trophy memories
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Badelise Sep 06, 2017 02:52 PM
I still think SAFA made a mistake by rehiring Stuart Baxter. Owen was doing a great job in Shake's absence, SAFA should've given him the coaching position on a permaneng basis.
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chilly Boy Sep 06, 2017 02:44 PM
#our-Legend "ODG"
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FestivalNkunaP Sep 06, 2017 02:43 PM
Ehhhhh
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jinks Sep 06, 2017 02:32 PM
He was better than mbuzi baxter.
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slivo ledimo Sep 06, 2017 02:28 PM
hes one of those targeted by Danny jordan.now only senong is da 1 left.nd i dont see him staying long
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Faysal Sep 06, 2017 02:26 PM
Take over rats and remember you wil fired again
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MRC Sep 06, 2017 02:13 PM
Udayise ngoShakes ngoba unethemba lokuthi uzoqashwa as the next bafana coach. Ulayekile doti.
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tyellow Sep 06, 2017 02:11 PM
Owen they dont deserve you look for a better job you have done well as a coach before ...#welostasoldier
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Zwie10 Sep 06, 2017 02:10 PM
Okau
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EagleEye Sep 06, 2017 02:09 PM
If you perform SAFA does not want you. That is why they appointed Baxter and fire the locals. South African soccer will never go far because of the leadership. Go well Rubberdoll.
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Muscular_Tall18 Sep 06, 2017 02:07 PM
BOBBY SIGN THIS GUY FOR ONE SEASON PLEASE
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chenenelizo1 Sep 06, 2017 02:06 PM
Sorry boss bt u are a good coach u don't deserve to be cz Baxter going to destroy baweak baweak
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chenenelizo1 Sep 06, 2017 02:03 PM
Sorry boss bt u are a good coach
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xolilem123@gmail.com Sep 06, 2017 02:01 PM
PLEASE ODG APPLY FOR THE HEAD COACH OF NATURENA, THEY NEED SOMEONE CAN WIN A CUP NOT BLACK LABEL CHAMPIONS

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