Former Bafana Bafana legend Shaun Bartlett has joined Owen Da Gama’s coaching staff at DStv Premiership side TS Galaxy.
Shaun Bartlett has been without a club after parting ways with Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs at the end of last season along with Ernst Middendorp, where the duo were the assistant coach and the coach, respectively.
Da Gama is no stranger to working alongside Bartlett as their pair were together at the South African national Under-23 side.
“I recommended Shaun Bartlett because I’ve worked with him in the past. I coached him at Bloemfontein Celtic when he came back from overseas. I also worked with him as an assistant in the Under-23. I know his talent and his commitment to the game,” Da Gama told the club’s official website.
“Most importantly I admire his work ethic. I know almost all his characteristics. We have to work very hard now. He understands the South African game very well.
Da Gama continued, “I’m happy that he is on board. Now, it is all systems goes. Together with coach, Essau Mtsweni, Ashley Makhanya and Phuphu Mohlaba, I believe that we will steer this team in to greater heights. It might take time but we will eventually get there.”
Shaun Bartlett, now 48, played 74 matches for Bafana Bafana, scoring 28 goals between 1995-2005.
Domestically he played for, among others, Cape Town Spurs, Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic, and also enjoyed lengthy stints in the USA at Colorado Rapids and MetroStars, in Switzerland with FC Zurich and in England at Charlton Athletic.
SHAUN BARTLETT WILL BE IN THE DUGOUT ON WEDNESDAY
Bartlett will be in the dugout on Wednesday, 20 January when TS Galaxy face Maritzburg United in a DStv Premiership encounter at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.
Kick-off is at 17:00.
TS Galaxy are currently rooted to the bottom of the DStv Premiership log with just one win in 11 matches this season.