Cape Town - Highlands Park coach Owen da Gama issued an
apology to Mamelodi Sundowns striker Jeremy Brockie for criticising his low
Da Gama made the comments following Highlands' 2-1 defeat to
Sundowns earlier this week.
The experienced former Bafana Bafana assistant coach was
asked whether he was disappointed that Mothobi Mvala had only managed seven
goals in 16 appearances in 2018/19.
The 57-year-old then compared Brockie's total of one league
strike to the seven Mvala has managed, saying: "His goal return is not
disappointing, especially since he missed out on two games against Pirates.
"If his return is disappointing, then what about Jeremy
Brockie? They paid R8 million for him. How many has he scored?"
In response to his previous comments, Da Gama said: "It was in no disrespect to Brockie. He is a wonderful
player. I think he is a great goal scorer and he proved that at SuperSport and
he is still proving himself at Sundowns.
"It was just a light-hearted comment when somebody said,
'are you disappointed in Mvala having scored seven goals in 17 matches?'
"He [Mvala] is a midfielder, not a striker. And then I
just compared him. I mentioned Brockie, but I mentioned others. I mentioned
[Gaston] Sirino also. I mean these are players Sundowns spent big money on and
he has scored more goals than them.
"I was just trying to give a comparison, no disrespect
to the players. It was meant in no disrespect to Brockie and I would like to
apologise, but it was not meant in that way."