Mashaba takes over Bucs' coaching

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Da Gama was absent from this morning’s training session and the team was taken through their paces by Mashaba, goalkeeper coach Pierre Mbarga and physio John Williams.

Bucs’ communication manager Mickey Modisane confirmed that the trio were in charge in the morning but did not want to comment whether Da Gama would still be absent next weekend.

“We as Orlando Pirates would like to express our deepest condolences to Owen da Gama and his family following the passing away of his father. We hope God will extend his warmest hands and comfort them during this sad hour. As part of Orlando Pirates’ family, we are with them during this difficult time.”

Modisane also announced that funeral of Lebohang Mokoena’s mother, who passed away last weekend will be held in Vosloorus tomorrow.