Da Gama - 'We are struggling'

New Orlando Pirates coach Owen da Gama has admitted that he is facing some difficulties in trying to gel his team - mainly because of national call-ups to 'Bucs' star performers.

Da Gama was given the Pirates reins just two weeks ago, with the powerful Soweto club currently in last position in the Absa Premier League, handing the former Platinum Stars coach a mountain to climb.

"Innocent Mdledle, Excellent Walaza and Senzo Meyiwa are with the national U23s, whilst Teko Modise and Bennet Chenene will be travelling to Italy with the senior national team and they will only be in the country on the eve of our match against Bloemfontein Celtic," Da Gama told the official Pirates website.

He added: "We are making efforts to get them back earlier, but there has been no guarantee from the national team so far.

"Such issues obviously interfere with our preparations, but we have to pull thorough come what may."

Meanwhile, Da Gama also revealed that they were still working hard at bringing the right assistant coaches to the club.

"Our view is that it is not to the good of the team to change the technical personnel frequently. Therefore, we are taking special efforts to ensure that we will appoint the right people," concluded Da Gama.

"As for the issue of bringing new players, I am still in the process of assessing and evaluating the players on hand. I will make recommendations to the management in due course.

"However, I should make mention of the fact that the squad needs to be balanced as we have too many of the same kind of players."

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