De Sa named Pirates coach

2012-09-10 13:16

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates' head coach Augusto Palacios will be replaced by Roger De Sa, the club announced on their website on Monday.

Pirates said Palacios had to step aside as a result of a persistent back problem that resulted in a week's hospitalisation last week.

De Sa's appointment was with immediate effect. He has 10 years' experience as a coach, having started his coaching career as a player-coach at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Irvin Khoza, chairperson of Orlando Pirates, said De Sa's experience would hold the club in good stead.

"Roger is a team player who has worked in various capacities for our senior and junior national teams, including being roped in to the technical team of the Portuguese national team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup," Khoza said.

"I have no doubt that he will find the new challenge at Orlando Pirates a worthwhile enhancement to his career."

De Sa believed his appointment as coach of the Soweto giants came at the right time.

"I had years ago contacted the chairman for this job, to no avail," De Sa said.

"When I got the chairman's call, I was obviously delighted as I believe I am up to the task at hand."

The club said Palacios would revert to his position in the club's development structures, with due consideration to his recovery, which was expected to take several months following major spinal surgery.


  • nhlapop - 2012-09-10 13:21

    Some body please tell me this is a JOKE.

  • mpho.maepa.106 - 2012-09-10 13:22

    Pirates did a gr8 job sori 4 palacious

  • siyanda.yeni.5 - 2012-09-10 13:24

    This is schocking news! This guy failed Wits mos! I see more three \skipas\ on the way!

  • thebe.tau - 2012-09-10 13:29

    I can bet a lot of money that Benni is not gonna get along with Roger, ever never ever, they both have bad tempers= fist fight in the making.

      hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-09-10 21:51

      Benni is an embarresment to football.

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-09-10 13:32

    Well folks now you know it, Khoza does not need any coach that wins the league. everyone who wins the league will be fired

  • mcebiseni.khumalo - 2012-09-10 13:45

    hahahahahaah!!!! Shame....!!!! lol!!

  • Lebogang Somali Modjadji - 2012-09-10 14:02

    good luck to our new coach, all the best!!!!proud bug fan

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-09-10 16:19

      Bug?? Which team is that

  • patrick.makgeledise - 2012-09-10 14:05

    Roger de sa!!!!! Tjo

  • mashudu.mutele.9 - 2012-09-10 14:08

    Pirates is playing with fire shame! How could Pirates management hire the coach that had fight with Benny Mcathy last year and he dnt lyk Meyeni even Joseph. Pie-rats is going to drain, no way out.

  • motleleng - 2012-09-10 14:08

    Don't worry Pie Rats fans De Sa is a foreigner, he is from Lourenço Marques, now known as Maputo, Mozambique...

  • sbuda.mojapelo - 2012-09-10 14:10

    Let's hope de sa will rescue buccaneers

  • MrThreeZeroFive - 2012-09-10 14:21

    Ei But roger mann; of all coaches... The team is a combustible assembly naw

  • mafera.moropa - 2012-09-10 14:21

    hahahhahahhahahh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IYO !!!! hehehehe !Hhhahhaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bra u guys be Parents you killing me softly u know…HAHAHHA!! Leshebile taba tsa batho! Complaining about everything that Khosi Nation is doing, buying defenders{ called us defender eleven}, our National Coach Selecting half lekhosi to National, nyyeyenye!! Shaba not performing, yes I agree, but not saying anything about Makaffy….bomber!! now someone got seek because higher pressure..nothing is said..though he was given credit for doing nothing….. Now his been replaced by ROGERRRRR….F* word * specialist , ai Mina asayazi…ukuthi zi hampa kanjani…aks izobonzna!!

  • Luka Pila - 2012-09-10 14:30

    why in all coaches but Roger ai we digging our own grave by that guy

  • dmcmr.dhai - 2012-09-10 14:36

    -hehehe, wonder how they will go along with Benny

  • sbonelo.dladla1 - 2012-09-10 14:43

    Pirates izababa, Roger is a gud coach, he made Wits tick and Pirates can attest to dat. De Sa's coaching is relevant to Pirates style of play

  • goodguy.buthelezi - 2012-09-10 14:43

    Whats up with Pirates signing 'funnny' coaches? Leal, Palacios now De SA! Yherr

  • mlandeli.madondo - 2012-09-10 14:58

    Yo pirates is @ it again all of the coaches they chose De sa as a coach how is he going 2 work with Benni bcos they do not get along

  • siphiwo.maurice - 2012-09-10 15:08

    I love the Bucs with all my heart and I have no where to go. Today, I get this shocking news, how on earth can we have this guy, called Roger as our coach? Are we loosing focus Mabhaka-Bhaka? Are so desperate that we resort to a done and gone coach? The Duke, must have thought the otherway round...Roger is known for his attitudes and foul language. I am so sorry and never will I forget this day. I swear, with my crossed bones, he wont live longer. Watch the space.

  • Konapi - 2012-09-10 15:24

    More game time for Myeni...tltltltltl

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-09-10 16:35

    Lol cpngrts De Sa, now your task is to put Benny in the Bench fo as long as possible, its a revenge lol Pie rats ayeyeyeeee

  • boulvy.selala - 2012-09-10 17:23

    Thanx once again Mr Chairman for rectifying one of your mistakes b4 the league marathon reach the climax..I strongly believe Roger will revive the winning mentality.Now speaking of getting our league race back on track, can you plz plz terminate Mbesuma's contract. We don't need this fat cow..

  • kenny.mandiwana - 2012-09-10 18:01

    Thanks Mr Khosa for appointed Mr Roger De Sa as a new Coach,Nhlapop' is not a joke!Local is lekker.

  • Masixole Riovendo-rio Matshaya - 2012-09-10 18:04

    Rats cant stop with wonders, they started by winning treble, lost by 3 goals 3 times, now they a guy who's a 3rd class coach in SA, well done hahahahahah

  • dnetili - 2012-09-10 18:43

    liv unskilled palocious to go bac de wit peace,no bac problem has occured to him so go bac de wit pleasure u cnt match de standard

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-09-10 21:50

    What ever posessed Roger to take on/accept this? With a club like WITS he did ok, It was not a team with spectators who are convinced that it is their god given right to win every game. Now he is in a situation where there is no chance. The Pirates supporters simply do not understand that a team does not always win every game. The club even fired a coach that won them just about everything in sight. Not a smart move Roger.

  • matvee111 - 2012-09-11 07:25

    he's go a perfect CV, he's been in & out of court over domestic issues,murder threats, almost got into a fist fight with benni,only coached 1 PSL club,was fired @ wits...he's perfect...well done bugs

  • maune.moima - 2012-09-11 17:09

    Mabakabaka...eish ! u talk too much, who's palying da coach or da players ? We brought da Brazilian Coach n what hapend ? did Bafana win any Cup ? Its not about da Xperience but its al about Comitment...Shut UP n watch da game !

  • maune.moima - 2012-09-11 17:09


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