Highlands Park coach Owen Da Gama won’t discuss transfer targets

The Tembisa-based outfit is keen to beef up their squad with experienced players ahead of the new season

Highlands Park head coach Owen Da Gama has refused to reveal their targets amid reports linking them with Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands. 

The Lions of the North are currently preparing for their return to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) having secured promotion back to the eilite league after winning the 2017/18 National First Division (NFD) title. 

The club then released Pentjie Zulu‚ Vukile Mngqibisa‚ Seun Ledwaba‚ Ayo Oluwafemi‚ Siphelele Luthuli‚ Mbuyiselo Thethani‚ Tumisang Mashele‚ Mxolisi Gumede‚ Elias Monene‚ Zamuxolo Ngalo‚ Larry Horaeb and Edwin Sitayitayi. 

Highlands has since signed former Kaizer Chiefs defender Bevan Fransman from Maritzburg United and the Tembisa-based side is expected to sign more players. 

“We let other players go but have kept the bulk of the team that won promotion. I will definitely be making one or two additions in the coming weeks,” Da Gama told Times Live. 

The Lions of the North have consistently been linked Sandilands since April 2018. The 34-year-old shot-stopper fell out of favour at Bucs last season having joined the club at the beginning of the campaign.

Sandilands has fallen further down the pecking order following the arrival of Brilliant Khuzwayo from Chiefs. 

"I can’t say which areas we will be strengthening but it is obvious that we are looking for experience that will help us to compete in the PSL next season‚” he said.

“We are progressing well with our preparations but I am well aware that there we still have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks,” he continued.

"The players are working hard and as the technical team we are also working hard‚” he said.

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The club recently held trials in Tembisa which were only meant for its MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) team.

“The trials that we had recently were not for the first team but for our MDC team. Coach Willem Jackson is in charge there and we were helping him to look for new talent‚” Da Gama concluded.