TS Galaxy has shown coach Owen Da Gama the exit door after just five matches of the 2021/2 DSTV Premiership season. The Rockets, as the Mpumalanga-based team is known, are lying rock bottom of the log with two points from five games.
“Following a string of poor results at the start of this season’s DStv Premiership, the club has severed ties with coach Owen Da Gama with immediate effect,” a statement released by the club stated.
The former Under-23 national team coach was appointed to the post after being overlooked when TS Galaxy took over the status of Highlands Park where he was head coach. Da Gama was employed by TS Galaxy as head coach in January, guiding the team to the preservation of their top-flight place. The owner of TS Galaxy, Tim Sukazi described the parting as a bitter pill.
“This is one of those bitter pills that we had to swallow as a Club given the kind of contribution that Coach Owen has made to our Club. Unfortunately, we have had a faulty start to the season and with football being a result-driven business, decisions like this are bound to be taken at some point or another if results aren’t forthcoming,” Sukazi explained in the club statement.
Interestingly, Mr. Sukazi tweeted the DSTV Premiership log and the Diski Challenge log with the caption, ‘A world of contrast…..’ a day before the announcement was made. TS Galaxy top the Diski Challenge log with seven points from three games.
Former Bafana Bafana striker, Shuan Bartlett has been appointed interim coach and his first assignment is new boys Sekhukhune United on Saturday.
“The priority now is to prepare for Sekhukhune and get the players to be in the right frame of mind. So far, we’ve done well at home. We need to get that first win under our belt. The sooner the better,” said Bartlett as he took the squad through his first training session as head coach.