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Da Gama: Chiefs have the mentality to win the league

Highlands Park head coach Owen Da Gama believes it would be good for South African football if Kaizer Chiefs win the Absa Premiership title.

The Lions of the North traveled to FNB Stadium on Wednesday to take on Amakhosi in a league encounter which formed the backdrop for the Soweto giants' 50th anniversary celebrations.

Chiefs came out on top with a 3-0 victory after which Da Gama was full of praise for his opponents.

"First and foremost, I think that you've got to say congratulations to Kaizer Chiefs. This (the 50th) is a historic moment. And I think for myself as a South African, and a football person, throughout all my life of having played and coached against Chiefs, it was an honour being in the ring against them," he said, as quoted by IOL.

Asked about Chiefs' chances of winning the league title this season, Da Gama expressed that it would be a positive for all of South African football to see the Glamour Boys raise the silverware.

"To me, I always put it this way that if Kaizer Chiefs and Pirates win the league - and Sundowns have won it a number of times - that augurs well for South African football," added Da Gama.

"The amount of work that goes into the brand of Kaizer Chiefs is just unbelievable and mind-boggling. So, I definitely think it would be good for South African football (if Chiefs win the league).

"Hopefully, they have a clean bill of health, and the consistency comes in - of which you can see. But at the end of the day, the coach can do as much as he can. The players must come to the party. And I believe that the Kaizer Chiefs players have the mentality to go all the way."