Biokineticist and assistant coach Tshabalala are underrated: Da Gama

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Highlands Park head coach Owen Da Gama says his side’s good form in the Absa Premiership and the MTN 8 is as a result of great teamwork.

Da Gama brought with him some members of his technical team assistant coach Victor Tshabalala and Biokineticist Conley Simone to the post-match mix-zone in Polokwane on Sunday.

After beating Baroka FC 2-1 at home Highlands are placed eighth on the log with eight points from five encounters. Da Gama says the results on the pitch are a result of a collective effort.

Da Gama further adds that coach Tshabalala is underrated and has a bright future ahead.

Da Gama admits he is worried with the spate of injuries hitting his squad. The coach had to make an injury-enforced substitution in the 59th minute against Baroka, bringing in Bevan Fransman for Richard Mbhele while Mvala finished the game with a bandaged head after a knock earlier in the clash.

Da Gama says they will conduct tests to find out why the injuries are in abundance.

To add to the former South African U23 side mentor’s problems, Ricardo Williams was shown a red card, following a second caution in injury time yesterday.

The coach says he is not going to stress about Williams’ absence even for the upcoming MTN 8 cup final against SuperSport United next month.

Meanwhile, Highlands’ midfielder come throw-in specialist Ryan Rae was wearing gloves in the victory over Bakgaga.

Da Gama laughingly said the gloves have no special powers but assist the player in wet conditions. – Report by Lethabo Kganyago