Absa Premiership

Break will be good: De Sa

2013-12-20 12:22
Roger de Sa (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa says his team is looking forward to some much-needed rest when the Premiership season goes into a break on Sunday.

“We need the break. With the games we’ve played and how much we’ve travelled, the guys are looking forward to a couple of weeks off, to put their feet up and get their minds off the game," De Sa said after Pirates beat the University of Pretoria on Thursday night.

“That’s important - to come back nice and fresh early January because it’s going to be very tough in the second half of the season for us.”

Oupa Manyisa scored a second half goal against Tuks to lift the Buccaneers to a 1-0 victory at Orlando Stadium, which was enough to see the Soweto giants safely out of the relegation zone and move up two spots into 13th in the league standings.

With Pirates’ participation in the Premiership, the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout cup competitions, as well as their strenuous Caf Champions League campaign, the Sea Robbers have played no fewer than 24 games since the beginning of August.

In comparison, the team currently top of the league standings, Mamelodi Sundowns, have played only 14 competitive games in the same period.

De Sa’s troops have one more game before the season comes to a close on Sunday, when they take on Golden Arrows in Soweto.

“It was the same 11 (players) two games in a row. We have to make sure that we recover them again and get them ready for Sunday,” De Sa said ahead of their last game.

Reflecting on the game, De Sa admitted his team struggled to see out the result against a resilient AmaTuks outfit who succeeded in frustrating Pirates.

“I thought we weren’t in it at all in the second half. We were very scrappy and we didn’t play.

“Tuks didn’t let us play. We always knew that they were going to be spoilers and give us a hard time, which they did.

“I don’t think we created enough, I don’t think we were that good today, but we're happy with the three points.”

The former Moroka Swallows goalkeeper added, however, that Pirates made too many errors in the game.

“There were some positives, some good performances obviously, but overall I think we made too many basic errors and we have to overcome that quickly.”

Meanwhile, Pirates skipper Lucky Lekgwathi said he was relieved to have walked away with maximum points, adding that Sunday’s encounter was a must-win if the team were to reach their target for the year.

“It was a hard-fought win. They’re not an easy team to beat so I’m happy with the three points,” Lekgwathi said.

“After our loss in the final (of the Telkom Knockout to Platinum Stars), we said we want to repay our supporters by winning the three remaining games of the year.

“I’m happy because we’ve won two, we’re left with one and we’re looking forward to Sunday’s game.”

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

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
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Friday, 19 January 2018
Wits v Bloemfontein Celtic, Bidvest Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 20 January 2018
Cape Town City FC v Ajax Cape Town, Cape Town Stadium 15:30
Free State Stars v Maritzburg United, Goble Park 15:30
Mamelodi Sundowns v Platinum Stars, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 18:00
AmaZulu FC v SuperSport United, King Zwelithini Stadium 20:15
Orlando Pirates v Polokwane City, Orlando Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 21 January 2018
Chippa United v Golden Arrows, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Baroka FC v Kaizer Chiefs, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

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

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership 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.