Absa Premiership

Every game is special: De Sa

2013-08-07 14:40
Roger de Sa (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Despite one of the biggest results of his tenure at Orlando Pirates, coach Roger de Sa says the next game is just as important.

That game is against AmaZulu in an Absa Premiership match at FNB Stadium on Thursday.

The Buccaneers achieved one of their greatest victories in their 76-year history as they thumped African champions Al Ahly 3-0 in their CAF Champions League match in Cairo at the weekend.

Now Pirates are tasked with taking that form back to the local league in a complete change of focus.

"As a coach it's a pretty big highlight. But I think every game is special," said De Sa.

"You're as good as your last game and you just have to keep going in that way."

De Sa took over the reins at Pirates after three games in their league campaign last season when the team had a poor start and confidence was dwindling.

"I don't set myself targets because there is no end, it only continues.

"I don't worry too much about the past. I worry about my dreams and that [Al Ahly] is now in the past. We have to worry about the next one and we'll dream about the next one."

Switching from the African competition back to the Premiership would indeed be an adjustment, but the comprehensive result over the Egyptian side would give Pirates much needed momentum in their season opener.

"We're happy with the result on the weekend. We have to take it forward, take the positives out of the game.

AmaZulu coach Craig Rosslee is weary of the high-flying Bucs after their African exploits.

"It’s important that we get off to a good start," said Rosslee.

"We've got a tough encounter against Pirates, who had a fantastic and historic victory against Al Ahly away from home over the weekend. They’ll be cock-a-hoop after that."

Rosslee, however, expressed confidence in his own troops.

"But I think the personnel that we’ve brought into the team are very mature and made of steel. Hopefully we can go there and beat them on Thursday."

Meanwhile, goalkeeper and top performer for Pirates in their win over Al Ahly, Senzo Meyiwa, played down the extra travelling his team had done ahead of the AmaZulu fixture.

"The fatigue affects us, but I believe it's all in the mind," said Meyiwa.

"If you want it, you have to fight. Forget about the travelling and everything, you need to know what you want.

"You must want it more than the opposition."

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, 15 December 2017
Cape Town City FC v AmaZulu FC, Cape Town Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 15:30
Chippa United v Polokwane City, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Free State Stars v Orlando Pirates, Goble Park 18:00
Wits v Platinum Stars, Bidvest Stadium 20:15
Kaizer Chiefs v Ajax Cape Town, Moses Mabhida Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 17 December 2017
Baroka FC v SuperSport United, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Golden Arrows v Maritzburg United, Princess Magogo 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...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


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.