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'Stars Are Born When You Play Against Chiefs, Pirates & Downs'

TS Galaxy head coach Owen da Gama says stars are born when you play against the Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Rockets made a number of changes for the clash against the Buccaneers on Sunday, with Masilake Phohlongo netting the game's only goal.

Da Gama says the injuries have been a blessing in disguise this season as more young players are coming through.

"It just shows that TS Galaxy is about the team, it's not about Owen Da Gama or individuals it's about the team and I was very happy that Shaun [Bartlett assistant coach] could come and speak before the match," Da Gama said on SuperSport TV after the match.

"I've been trying for a long time but he keeps on saying 'no, you go coach' but anyhow we worked very hard after our defeat against Golden Arrows, it was not a good day in the office.

"We've had a lot of injuries, we've had a lot of situations where we were forced but it's a blessing in disguise because you know the youngsters have come through.

"To see [Sihle] Nduli the way played there, to see Phohlongo playing like that, [Tshegofatso] Nyama playing like that, it's just a delight for me to see youngsters coming through and that's what I thrive on.

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"I like youngsters to come through and I always say Pirates, you have to give them credit, they are a fantastic team, very good coach but I believe this is where stars are created, stars are born when you play against Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns you know.

"And I'm very happy that the boys have the confidence to be able to come out, I mean Phohlongo it's his second goal against Pirates this season, in his debut game he scored against them and he scored again today.

"From a tactical perspective I think we've got it spot, people were expecting a back-three, we played with a back-four, I think we really got it on as a technical team but it's still a work in progress, we've come in, we tried to change things around, it's a process," he continued.

"And playing against a quality team like Orlando Pirates is really encouraging for us to know that we're on the right track. We still have a long a way to go but as long as we see good signs, we see progress, we'll keep on trying, pushing and working hard. The last couple of weeks we've worked very hard. You could see the players gave their everything.

"There's more to come but you gotta get the balance right, we missed quiet a few players, Bevan [Fransman] has been out and even quite a few players and congratulations to Macbeth Mahlangu for being nominated as the young player in the PSL [awards], he's not even available today and also being selected for the national Under-23 team.

"His first season in the PSL, I think it's very encouraging for us to see progress, to see youngsters come through, to see youngsters perform the way they do, the confidence, maybe it's just a calling for some us.

"That we don't go buy the best players in the country but we try and produce and all credit must go to the entire technical team, everybody is working hard," he added.


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