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  • Da Costa’s one year deal has ended, he is open to continuing his Galaxy project
  • He had asked for more time to consider the club’s latest offer
  • Clubs in Lebanon, Kenya and Zambia have offered him more money

BONGANI MALUNGA

Jwaneng Galaxy are set for a final round of talks with head coach Miguel Da Costa regarding his future at the club. Da Costa’s one year deal with Galaxy expired last month and the club offered him a new deal but he requested to be given time to discuss the club’s offer with his family before committing his long term future to Galaxy.

Da Costa recently scooped the Coach of the Season accolade at the BTC Premiership awards and he is currently courted by clubs in Lebanon, Kenya and Zambia. The aforementioned clubs have offered him better financial terms than Galaxy, this publication understands. Da Costa is no stranger to the African region having led Ugandan club Vipers SC to the league title in 2018.

Despite the attraction of moving elsewhere, Da Costa is aware of the solid foundation he laid last season as they were beaten to the BTC Premiership title by Township Rollers by a two point margin. They also won the Mascom Top 8 tournament and they will be in next season’s CAF Confederation Cup, which would give him the continental football he may crave.

Galaxy’s Tankiso Morake informed this publication that Da Costa will give them his final thoughts this week, Morake also stated that Da Costa expressed his willingness to continue his Galaxy project but the club is wary of the possibility of a last minute change thus their reluctance to publicly declare that he will definitely stay.

“We do not have the financial packages that other African clubs have offered him but from where we stand it appears he might stay. We held talks with him last month again, he told us that he needed further talks with his family before making a final decision. He was originally supposed to arrive on Sunday but his flight has been rescheduled, we expect him to be in Botswana by Wednesday. The next set of talks will be about his final decision,” Morake told Gazette Sport.

After an impressive debut season in Botswana whereby his side played entertaining football, Da Costa was linked with Township Rollers, Gaborone United and even the senior national football team (Zebras). With Rollers, GU and Zebras now out of the equation Galaxy appear to be the favourites in their efforts to convince him to stay.

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