Da Gama wants team to make an im­pact

Cape Argus - - SPORT - MI­NENHLE MKHIZE

HIGH­LANDS Park are not ob­sessed with league po­si­tions but their mis­sion is to make an im­pact in the Premier Soc­cer League (PSL).

The Li­ons of North boss, Owen da Gama, said they are not to wor­ried about where they will fin­ish on the log when he spoke with the me­dia on Satur­day at King Zwelithini Sta­dium in Um­lazi.

High­lands held AmaZulu to a 0-0 stale­mate at King Zwelithini Sta­dium in an Absa Premier­ship en­counter this past week­end.

It was their sec­ond suc­ces­sive draw after shar­ing the spoils with Or­lando Pi­rates last week.

High­lands are now ninth on the log with 22 points after 17 games.

“I’ve said it from the from the be­gin­ning. For us it is not about top eight or fight­ing rel­e­ga­tion or re­tain­ing our sta­tus.

“We want to come here and add value. We want to be as com­pet­i­tive as pos­si­ble. Our de­ter­mi­na­tion and our com­pet­i­tive edge will de­ter­mine when we end off. All I know is that this is go­ing to be a much bet­ter team than they are right now, “Da Gama said.

The Li­ons of North will face Mamelodi Sun­downs in their next as­sign­ment on Jan­uary 22 at Makhu­long Sta­dium.

“There’s go­ing to be a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence. They are still play­ers from Na­tional First Divi­sion who are still try­ing to find their feet. There are other play­ers that need a lit­tle bit more time. It is a time thing. With time I would like to try and em­u­late what we did at Sil­ver Stars be­fore we be­come Plat­inum Stars. In the first sea­son, we were 11th and in the sec­ond sea­son we were sev­enth. In our sea­son third sea­son we fin­ished fourth and fol­low­ing sea­son we were sec­ond on the log and we won the Telkom Knock­out. For me clubs should be get­ting bet­ter ev­ery sea­son. That gives us a bit of hope be­cause some of the clubs are not get­ting bet­ter,“Da Gama ex­plained.

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