Hotseat with coach Dan “Dance” Malesela

TS Galaxy is enjoying a new lease of life in top flight football. After three games, the Rockets are still undefeated. They have amassed five points. 
 
Galaxy got the better of AmaZulu and shared the spoils with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and Kaizer Chiefs. 
 
TS Galaxy (TSG) website sat down with coach, Dan Malesela (DM) to reflect on our decent start in to the DSTV Premiership. 
 
 
TS Galaxy (TSG): Are you happy with our start coach? 
DM: You don’t want to be selfish and be unreasonable as well. We’ve played good teams. One would have wished that we got maximum points in all those games particularly the last game (against Chiefs). We created chances and we didn’t use them. I wish we could have taken them but at the same time, you can’t be selfish and say whatever. One can see that all is not lost. There is hope going forward that we can do better. In all the games that we’ve played, we’ve created goal scoring chances. If we didn’t create scoring chances and then I’ll be complaining. We created chances and we managed to concede one goal against us. We need to work on converting our chances in to goals. But you can see that we can do better next time. 
 
TSG: We’ve kept two clean sheets in three matches. How does that makes you feel? 
DM: Yes, I’m happy that we haven’t conceded in the last two games but it is not only that. The fact that we were not seriously threatened, it is a plus for the team. Sometimes you survive in matches and I’m not the one to make excuses. If we were outplayed, I’ll be the first one to admit that we didn’t play well and didn’t defend well. The fact that we were not seriously threatened says a lot about our defending and our organization. One is pleased about that. 
 
TSG: How is this break going to affect us? 
DM: I was speaking with players about this period. It is very crucial mentally because somehow they affect training and players turn to relax. Psychological it is not okay. We need to be careful at how we express ourselves. We have to put in a lot of efforts at training. The mind switches off and says, no we don’t have any matches and we want to restart when the matches come up. It is a very dangerous thing. I spoke with the players about the psychological effects of this period so that we don’t relax heading in to the next game (against Swallows). We need to have our minds very set for the next task ahead. We’ve only played three games. We can’t afford to relax because we have a Fifa break. We need to be very careful and see how we handle ourselves on what we do at training. 
 
TSG: How elated are you about Given Msimango’s call up in to the SA-Under-23 squad? 
DM: We need to empower these young men. We need to empower young leaders and see if we can get leadership. Not only for us but also for the country because there is a serious need of leadership anywhere else. If we identify players or a younger person within the squad, it is good for the future. I’m happy for him, I wish that he can represent us, the club and the country with distinction. Hopefully, he will do well and then bring back something. That also empowers us as a club to have a young leader doing well for the country. I was just saying to other players the other day, sometimes the life of football is so amazing. This boy (Given) was not a regular at Highlands Park. All of a sudden he comes here, he get a regular starting berth. Not only that but he becomes the captain of the team. The next thing, he gets a call up to the national team. That’s how amazing this game of football is. That’s how quick things can turn around. I was saying this because sometimes, some players turn to feel sorry for themselves. You are here, you are earning R60 000 and the next thing you play and you play well and the next thing you find yourself signing a contract that is a worth a million. You never know whether it is here or outside. When he goes to the national team, he goes there to sell himself. You might never know what will happen in football as long as you have the perseverance. 
 
 
TSG: What is going to be our main target after this Fifa break? 
DM: When we come back, we have a match against Swallows. It is more like a must win for us. We don’t want to play in dribs and drabs. We want to get maximum points as early as possible to ease the pressure from us going in to the second round. You need to collect as many as possible now so that we don’t find ourselves under pressure at any given time. When the season get better, it becomes tougher and tougher. Everybody wants points for different reasons. People fights for top eight, top four, relegation and the championship. We want to find ourselves in a very comfortable position. We will push a lot as we approach the Swallows match. 

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