Posted: 19 March 2019
Highlands Park coach Owen Da Gama has put his head on a block and predicted that Chippa United won’t be relegated come the end of the season.
The two teams played to a 1-1 draw on Sunday at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
“My personal view is I can’t see this club going down, they are an organised team with quality players, well coached under Clinton Larsen, they are too good to be relegated,” he said.
About the actual game, Da Gama felt they made the same mistakes they have been trying to work on in the past few weeks, which is failing to manage the game and also conceding in critical stages of matches.
“I was disappointed by the way we conceded the goal, we’ve been trying to sort this out but clearly we are not there as yet, we are still behind when it comes to managing matches especially when we’re leading.”
A win on Sunday would have seen ninth-placed Highlands Park move closer to the top eight, and Da Gama admitted they needed a win.
“We really wanted to win this game, with our position on the log, but as a young team we need to be patient with players, we will allow them to make mistakes and learn from them, it will help the growth of this team,” he added.
“From the beginning of the season we wanted to be as competitive as we can, add value to this top league and not fight for relegation. I think we are on the right track, we can only now fight for every point because in this league even a draw is gold, it can save you.”