PSL

PSL no two-horse race - De Sa

2012-12-09 15:45
Roger de Sa (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - With Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates sitting comfortably at the summit of the Premiership table, Buccaneers coach Roger de Sa insists there is still a long way to go before the title is decided.

"This season is going to be a season that's totally divided between the first half and the second half because there's a huge break in between," De Sa said.

"Anything can happen in the second half of the season."

Pirates settled for a 1-1 draw in their derby clash against Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Saturday, leaving De Sa's side in second place in the standings, three points behind Amakhosi, as Bucs continued their search for a third straight league title.

De Sa believed some of their traditional rivals, who were struggling in this campaign, would come out firing after a break of nearly two months for the holiday period and the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.

Only two rounds of matches remain ahead of the lengthy hiatus.

"I expect teams like Sundowns to really turn it on, and SuperSport to turn the corner as well," he said.

"We're some way from being a two horse-race. There's a lot of football still to be played. I'm looking forward to the second half of the season and a bit of 'pre-season' with the team.

De Sa said while Chiefs and Pirates were the pace-setters, the rest were close behind and it was too early to predict the eventual title winner.

While he was disappointed to share the points with Chiefs, De Sa was pleased the front runners had not been given the opportunity to extend their advantage at the top of the standings.

"Obviously we wanted to win this big game, but I think today was really a six-pointer," he said.

"Had Chiefs won the match it would have been a lot more difficult. At least now we're still in touch. One point is better than none."

In his first season with the Buccaneers, De Sa was hoping for a typical late charge from his Soweto side.

"I know Pirates in the past have always been there and thereabouts, and in the second round they have a real go at it," said De Sa.

"We haven't really been playing to our best. We've had a lot of injuries and I came into the team three games into the season, so it was a little bit of hit the ground running.

"AFCON will give me a chance to work a little bit and see if we can be better in the second round."

Read more on:    orlando pirates  |  psl  |  roger de sa  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 21 October 2017
Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates, FNB Stadium 15:30
Golden Arrows v Polokwane City, Princess Magogo Stadium 15:30
Ajax Cape Town v Bloemfontein Celtic, Athlone Stadium 20:15
Free State Stars v Platinum Stars, Goble Park 20:15
Maritzburg United v SuperSport United, Harry Gwala Stadium 20:15
Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu FC, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 22 October 2017
Baroka FC v Wits, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Chippa United v Cape Town City FC, Sisa Dukashe Stadium 15:30
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Bloemfontein Celtic v Maritzburg United, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
SuperSport United v Golden Arrows, Mbombela Stadium 19:30
Polokwane City v Kaizer Chiefs, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.