Absa Premiership

Da Gama reveals Highlands Park's formula for survival

2018-07-30 10:26
Owen da Gama (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Highlands Park coach Owen da Gama believes the club learnt from their relegation in 2016/17 by retaining the majority of the squad which got promoted.

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The Lions of the North were demoted from the Absa Premiership two seasons ago after massively overhauling the squad that won them promotion in 2015/16.

However, Highlands bounced back impressively in the previous campaign by winning the National First Division by a massive 19 points to return to the top flight for 2018/19.

As such, Da Gama has explained that much of the squad which earned promotion will compete in the top-flight this upcoming season.

Speaking to Kickoff, the former Bafana Bafana assistant coach said: "We tried to pay tribute to the players that brought us where we are today.

"Every player that played more than five games, he is in the squad, he's got a contract. So we had to start there.

"Secondly, we had to bring a mixture of players with youth, hunger and experience. To bring in the experienced players is a bit of a challenge as we learnt last time when Highlands Park was here.

"Sometimes you don't bring the best players, but the right player. I think in a player like Bevan Fransman we brought the right player (from Maritzburg United)."


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