Highlands Park Coach Owen Da Gama says he never raised his hand for the men’s national senior team coach job. Da Gama was speaking in the wake of Molefi Ntseki’s appointment as head coach of Bafana Bafana on Sunday.

Da Gama says he has never applied for a football job in his life. However, he would have stepped up if approached as a patriot.

The coach further adds that he is happy that the job went to a South African.

The former South African Under-23 mentor says Ntseki should rely on the coaches in the different local leagues.

Da Gama further advised Molefi to be brave in his selections.

Da Gama says for Ntseki to succeed he will also need support from the country and the South African Football Association (SAFA).

The 58-year-old coach believes that if Ntseki has freedom to lead the team he will not fail.

– Report by Lethabo Kganyago