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Galaxy cajoles Portuguese coach

Publishing Date : 07 August, 2018

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Portugal born Coach, Miguel Da Costa has agreed personal terms with premiership heavy weight, Jwaneng Galaxy and is reported to have been given a two-year contract as the club’s measure of seriousness to win championships in the coming season, WeekendSport has been told.


The 38 year-old gaffer is believed to have arrived in Botswana sometimes last week and Galaxy will make an official announcement before the season commences. Da Costa is also expected to pen down a two-year deal after defeating former Gaborone United (GU) mentor Rudolph Zapata to the Galaxy hot seat.  Ironically, Da Costa won a league with Vipers Sports Club of Uganda last season but was fired as the season came to an end.


 Da Costa's Vipers also reached the final of the Ugandan Cup, where they were defeated by Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC), now playing champion’s league football with Township Rollers. "I can confirm that after looking through several things as the club goes through a restructuring process, we have parted ways with Da Costa," Abdul Wasike, the club's spokesman told Ugandan reporters. The club has also paid him compensation since he had not served his full contract.


"Da Costa joined Vipers in March 2017, and also helped the club to the quarter final of the CECAFA Kagame Club where they were defeated by Gor Mahia in Dar es Salaam,” Uganda media also claimed. Despite the club's very  secret courting of the Portuguese coach, there remains the possibility that Zimbabwean tactician Madinda Ndlovu could compete for  the post as he too, is retaining much adoration at Jwaneng for his sterling performances with Botswana football, notably with Mochudi Center Chiefs, Township Rollers and Orapa United — where he never failed to win a silverware.


It is not yet clear if Da Costa will gladly accept the Galaxy offer, but what remains unchallenged is the fact that he has proven his mettle with Ugandan clubs and his ‘ feel’ for African game is unmatched. All the while, Galaxy is cautioned to treat issues of coaching with the seriousness it deserves. Two seasons ago, they sacked award winning coach Mike Sithole for undisclosed reasons. This season, they appointed Serbian coach Zlatko Krmpotic but his stay was as short as a hobbit.


The dents that ultimately bashed his reputation altogether, came when Galaxy fell way short in their domestic title challenge and limping out of the Champions League in the preliminary phase. Krmpotic has protested throughout that in leading Galaxy back to the top of the country’s game after years in the wilderness, he could have not achieved all that could be expected of him.  He might have also lamented Galaxy’s lack of impact in last year’s close-season transfer window, having seen good players failing to come to his team and veteran player Boitumelo Mafoko on the side-lines for a long time and later announcing his retirement from the side he faithfully represented, even when the chips were down.


 All the while, there are unconfirmed reports that there is a lot of interference from the management of Galaxy which inadvertently gave Krmpotic and Sithole the leverage to lay the blame for these setbacks squarely on the club’s board for moving too slowly in making decisions.
Tebogo Sembowa, Terrence Mandaza and Patrick Kaunda found the net not more than 20 times all combined.  Mandaza in particular has not gone beyond 10 goals in the league this term.


Creative midfielders Olebogeng Malebye and Tebogo Sosome have been lacklustre, while Thero Setsile and Thabo Leinanyane are no longer the rocks upon which Galaxy founded last season’s cup triumph. Even the goalkeeper‘s form, Anthony Gous has dived. Arguably the best goalkeeper in the last two seasons, Gous has produced a number of poor performances, with high-profile blunders in games against Township Rollers and Orapa United. Krmpotic’s man-management has also come under scrutiny, and things were further complicated when he could not wrestle the league from Rollers even when numerous opportunities presented themselves. It is now time for the new coach to offer another dimension.

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