Owen Da Gama Sees A Bright Future For Macbeth Mahlangu! The defender is only 19 years old but is already a regular fixture in the squad.
Usually, an error by a defender leads to a goal. So, many technical teams are too afraid to take that risk.
Da Gama, unlike many coaches, is not afraid to take that risk. The experienced coach has given a plethora of PSL players, past and present, a chance to play at the highest level.
“I see a great star in Macbeth Mahlangu. This boy is matured at the age of 19. He is one of the best defenders I’ve ever worked with. I see big things coming for him. If you look at Bafana Bafana, they’ve got a very aging defensive team there,” Da Gama told the TS Galaxy club website.
“If you look at the Under-23 team that must go to Tokyo, I see this boy going beyond Under-23. He is going to Bafana Bafana.
“He is a special talent. Two seasons ago when I said Peter Shalulile is the best striker in the country people laughed at me. There’s a lot of good talent at TS Galaxy but the two that stand out, for now, are Mahlangu and Tshegofatso Nyama.
“Nyama hasn’t featured much but he is a great talent. Even Khayelihle Shozi is another top talent. That’s why I’ve always said TS Galaxy is better than Highlands Park. The recruitment of players has been fantastic,” Da Gama added.
Club captain Given Msimango was also given his first tea debut by Owen Da Gama back at Highlands Park. Msimango is a central defensive partner to Macbeth Mahlangu.
“This boy will go to Tokyo. There’s no doubt about that.
“When I was at Bafana we played Rivaldo Coetzee at the age of 17 and he went on to prove us right. People are not taking notice of Mahlangu because most of our games haven’t been on television.” He concluded.