Owen da Gama named Shakes Mashaba’s assistant during Bafana Bafana squad naming

Owen da Gama has been named Shakes Mashaba‘s assistant in the South African Men’s Senior National Team (Bafana Bafana). Owen da Gama played football throughout the 80s to the early 90s before making a name for himself as a football coach in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL).

Owen da Gama
Owen da Gama

He had brief spells at Dynamos, Silver Stars, Orlando Pirates, Platinum Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic. It is worth noting that like most coaches in the PSL – with the exception of Gavin Hunt who spent six consecutive seasons at Supersport United to unparallelled success, da Gama never settled at one club.

Owen da Gama’s appointment was confirmed earlier today by Shakes Mashaba during his first press conference as Bafana Bafana coach in Cape Town. At that press conference Mashaba was naming his Bafana Bafana squad that will face Sudan and Nigeria in the 2015 Afcon qualifiers.

Mashaba and da Gama worked closely together in the Nedbank Ke Yona project where they were tasked with finding a team of would-be professional football players who will face the winner of the Nedbank Cup.

Furthermore, Alex Heredia was replaced with Lucky Shiburi as goalkeeper coach and Thabo Senong was named Mashaba’s second assistant.

The squad that was named is as follows:

  • Goalkeepers:

Itumeleng Khune, Senzo Meyiwa, Dumisani Msibi.

  • Defenders:

Buhle Mkhwanazi, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Thabo Matlaba, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Ayabulela Magqwaka, Mulomowandau Mathoho, Anele Ngcongca, Rivaldo Coetzee, Sibusiso Khumalo.

  • Midfielders:

Themba Zwane, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Oupa Manyisa, Andile Jali, Dean Furman, Ayanda Patosi, Keagan Dolly, Mandla Masango, Kamohelo Mokotjo.

  • Strikers:

Tokelo Rantie, Bongani Ndulula, David Zulu, Bongi Ntuli.

  • Reserves:

Darren Keet, Ronwen Williams, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Bongani Zungu, George Lebese, Percy Tau, Nhlakanipho Ntuli, Siyanda Ngubo.

 

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