Do or die for Roger De Sa

2013-12-02 15:36

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Orlando Pirates mentor Roger De Sa’s job could be in jeopardy if Pirates again fail to bag silverware this weekend.

Pirates lost 3-2 to Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday in their Absa Premiership clash at the Orlando Stadium – their second league defeat in five games this season.

Veteran skipper Thabo Nthethe, Musa Nyatama and Vuyani Ntanga strikes were sufficient to hand Ernst Middendorp’s side a well-deserved triumph.

Goals for Pirates came from Andile Jali and former Phunya Sele Sele striker Lennox Bacela.

De Sa has been under pressure since taking over at Pirates from Augusto Palacios in September last year, when the club also went on to finish the season trophyless.

The Kick-Off website cited a club source as saying De Sa’s future doesn’t look good, with the club already having identified a new coach who could take the reins as early as January next year.

Despite De Sa’s tremendous performance in this year’s CAF Champions League, when Pirates finished as runners-up, Bucs supporters are already calling for his head and the miseries are likely to continue, should they lose to Platinum Stars in the Telkom Knockout Cup final this weekend.

The Sea Robbers will be playing their third consecutive cup final on Saturday.

They lost 3-1 on penalties to Allan Freese’s Stars side in the MTN8 tournament back in September, before missing out on the continental crown early last month when they lost to Egyptian giants, Al Ahly.

It remains to be seen where De Sa will be after the final instalment of the R4.25m competition on Saturday.

The Buccaneers and Dikwena will battle for the Ziwa Mo trophy at the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga, with kick-off scheduled for 8.15pm.

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