Da Gama intends to honour his contract

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Da Gama refuses to comment on reports that he will jump the Bucs ship next season due to interference by club official Floyd Mbele.

Allegations have been made that Mbele and Da Gama do not see eye-to-eye because the coach has not fielded players that Mbele recommended to the club.

Speaking to snl24.com/kickoff after their 2-0 loss to the Urban Warriors, Da Gama said he will honour his contract with Pirates that runs to 2010.

“I have a three-year contract with Pirates and have no intention of leaving the team. There have been many factors that have contributed to our poor performance recently.

“The boys picked up form quickly after I took over because they wanted to get away from the relegation zone. Then, once we started to collect points, they began to relax.”

“We have four games left and we intend to fight hard to finish the season in a respectful position. After that, we will start preparing for next season.

“We will need to strengthen the team and I will make recommendations regarding players that I would like to bring in.”

Commenting on the game against the Urban Warriors, Da Gama said their opponents deserved the victory.

“They were the better team. They were strong in midfield and won everything in the air. Nathan Paulse troubled us with aerial balls and Eduardo Ferreira won everything at the back,” he added.