De Sa: Part of the job

2014-01-25 00:00


ORLANDO Pirates coach Roger de Sa had to duck for cover as supporters of the club launched plastic bottles at him following his side’s 1-1 PSL draw against AmaZulu on Thursday night.

It was a moment that had opposition coach Craig Rosslee embarrassed. “You never want to see these kinds of things happen. It is not acceptable,” the Usuthu boss said after the match.

But for De Sa, who was escorted off the field by security and police, dealing with such behaviour is part of the job when you manage a club of Pirates’ stature.

“There are always a couple of brave guys who throw things from a distance,” said De Sa with a wry smile.

“It’s never going to change. You’re always going to get that from a couple of guys who come out of the pub and watch a football match.”

Pirates, who were coming off the back of a disappointing 2-1 loss at home to SuperSport United last weekend, were wasteful in front of the goal on Thursday and had more than enough opportunities to win the game. It was enough to anger the supporters, who waited for the coach until after he had his on-field television interviews.

“You saw how many passes I gave away and how many chances I missed, but that is the way it goes in South African football,” said the under-fire manager.

“It is almost a level of entitlement. They have to win every game. But AmaZulu also want to win the game. It’s not like we go out there to miss. We try our best and we work every day. It’s football education, I would imagine, or a lack of.”

It doesn’t get any easier for De Sa and Pirates, as they continue to catch-up on the rest of the league in terms of fixtures, following their participation in last year’s Caf Champions League.

Bucs play no less than six PSL matches in February — five of which are away from home — and how De Sa manages his players through that congested period will prove crucial to his title aspirations. “We’ll have to rotate a bit more and rest a few players. We can’t keep going with the same 11. It’s going to be end-to-end stuff right up until mid-May,” said De Sa.

“Right now, our fitness is pretty good and we’re happy with that. I think we have enough depth to keep up the standard of football.”

On the problem of finishing, De Sa would not be drawn into commenting on whether a deal for Lehlohonolo Majoro, who has been heavily linked with the club, has been confirmed.

“I can’t speculate on what kind of a difference he would make because he is not here,” he said. “We want all our strikers to score goals, but sometimes they don’t. We’ll only know if he comes.”

Pirates host Ajax Cape Town at Orlando Stadium on Monday night.

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