- Highlands Park coach Owen da Gama previously recommended 3 coaches to succeed Stuart Baxter as coach of Bafana Bafana
- However, da Gama is willing to serve his country if the big guns are unavailable
- Da Gama feels a specific brand of football is required to take Bafana to another level, but praised Baxter for laying the foundation
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Highlands Park coach Owen da Gama recommended three coaches to succeed Stuart Baxter as coach of Bafana Bafana.
Da Gama touched on this recently when asked about his interest in mentoring the national team.
The Highlands Park mentor previously suggested that Gavin Hunt, Pitso Mosimane and Steve Komphela are suitable candidates for the post.
However, he revealed his willingness to accept the top job should none of the three men avail themselves.
He said, “So I have recommended those. It is difficult for me to answer you on that, but if nobody is available and I’m asked to serve the country‚ I will serve the country. But as you know I have made my recommendations.”
SowetanLIVE reported that Da Gama feels a specific brand of football is required to take Bafana to the next level.
Da Gama said, “If you look at the way Wits play‚ if you look at the way Golden Arrows play‚ you look at the way Sundowns play‚ I think we play to our strengths and I think that is important.”
He also feels that the three men understand the cultural dynamics, which is another key component for success.
Da Gama cited his time with the Under-23s when the team exceeded expectations by beating Senegal to qualify for the Olympics.
"We beat them and qualified for the Olympics but we played our brand of football‚” said Da Gama.
However, Da Gama lauded Baxter for laying the foundation and feels the team is ready to step up.
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