Owen da Gama praises Highlands Park structure after Kaizer Chiefs draw


The National First Division champions managed to secure a point against Chiefs at a sold out Makhulong Stadium on Tueday.

Da Gama was pleased that his side always had cover for the in-form Khama Billiat.

“We are very humbled. Our game plan worked to the tee. We forced them to play long kicks. We understood that [Itumeleng] Khune is good on the counters [with his distribution],” Da Gama told SuperSport TV .

“We always had cover for probably the best player in South Africa [Khama Billiat]. And then Lindokuhle Mbatha gets the Man of the Match, I’m proud. I’m proud of these boys they deserve everything.

“We’re here to be as competitive as possible. Fair play to Chiefs they came to play. It was good football, we had opportunities to score, they had opportunities to score but overall I think the game plan was fantastic.

“The structure of the team is unbelievable considering that we still have some young boys who must learn the trade.

“The technical team must take a lot of credit for the hard work they do behind the scenes in analysing teams like Kaizer Chiefs. In set-pieces they are very dangerous, on the counter-attack with players like Billiat, [Hendrick] Ekstein, [Lebogang] Manyama they are just fantastic."