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Da Gama declined TTM approach, hopes to take Highlands Park to greater heights

Owen Da Gama (Gallo Images)
Owen Da Gama (Gallo Images)

Owen Da Gama has expressed his commitment to Highlands Park by turning down an approach from Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.

The former Platinum Stars, Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic head coach joined the ambitious side in 2017.

He steered them to promotion from the National First Division before securing a seventh-placed Premiership finish in the 2018/19 season.

This term, the Lions of the North are currently in eighth place on the league standings, with 31 points from 24 games.

TTM are on the lookout for a new coach after buying the status of Bidvest Wits and deciding against retaining Gavin Hunt.

Da Gama was reported on FARPost to have affirmed his commitment to Highlands Park.

He said: "With regards to the TTM thing, somebody did call me from TTM.

"I made it clear to them that I am under contract at Highlands Park and if there's anything they require because I am contracted to Highlands Park, they should speak to Highlands Park, but they haven't done that as yet.

"And I am also in a situation where I want to achieve things, I want to build things. You can't just build a team for two seasons, move away and build a team for two seasons.

"You want to build a team that can compete with least the top five. Yes, I'm very ambitious and I really want Highlands Park to do well and I think they have the capacity, the backing from the director and I think we can do better than where we are.

"I believe Highlands Park has got tremendous potential, we have already built a very solid foundation at Highlands Park and it is truly my ambition to see if I can achieve more with Highlands Park."

- TEAMtalk media

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