Da Gama 'shock' at signing

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Mushangazikhe is reported to have signed a two-year deal with Bucs, which Da Gama says was concluded without his knowledge. He adds he is disappointed that he was not consulted or asked for his recommendation on the signing of the Zimbabwean international.

"No one in the club told me about the player," Da Gama tells snl24.com/kickoff. "I was surprised when I woke up this morning and read in the newspapers that the player has signed for Orlando Pirates.

“No one from the club came to me to tell me about the player and find out my views on signing him. I don't know if this is the way things are done at Pirates, but I will have to speak to the club management.

"Really this is a great shock to me."

Bucs communication manager Mickey Modisane has, however, defended his club’s decision to sign the 32-year-old, adding it was Pirates’ management’s policy to sign players, with the coach only making recommendations on which positions need to be strengthened.

"Normally at Pirates the coach identifies positions that need to be strengthened and the club will sign the player they feel will fit in that position," Modisane says.

"The coach made it clear that wants to strengthen his defence, goalkeeping options and strike-force. The club has therefore moved swiftly to sign Mushangazikhe, who we feel has lot of experience which he can share with young players like Excellent Walaza.”

What all this means for Mushangazikhe’s prospects remains unclear. Will Da Gama want to field a player he had no say in purchasing, nor wanted at the club in the first place?

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