Highlands Park coach Owen da Gama will be happy to see the transfer window closing


The transfer window is set to close at midnight and Highlands are guaranteed not to lose any of their top players before it shuts. Midfielder Mothobi Mvala, who is the side’s top scorer in the Absa Premiership with seven goals, is the one player who is said to have attracted interest and Highlands recently turned down an offer of R10-million from an undisclosed club.

Da Gama says there’s comfort in knowing that management is not willing to sell any of the players at the club.

“It really affects the ambiance within the team. We are expecting great things from Mothobi, Peter Shalulile, [Petrus] Ngebo, [Moeketsi] Sekola, [Tendai] Ndoro and [Lindokuhle] Mbatha, and guys like [Mokete] Mogaila coming in now. We are really trying to get those combinations going and we understand that this team will definitely be at a higher level next year,” the former Bafana Bafana assistant coach said.

“But the management at Highlands Park has made it clear that no player is for sale and that has given us a bit of comfort. All the players are on two or three-year contracts. We don’t have players who have six months left on their contracts and there’s pre-contracts [signed elsewhere]. That does not happen, management makes sure players are really looked after and they have proper contracts. That does not happen at Highlands Park.” 

Highlands will travel to KwaZulu-Natal to face Golden Arrows at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Saturday (15h30).