Absa Premiership

De Sa ready to wield the axe

2017-12-19 13:48
Roger de Sa (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Platinum Stars head coach Roger De Sa plans to cull his squad to make space for a handful of new players in January.

With the North West club languishing near the foot of the table all season, De Sa has done brilliantly to get Dikwena out of the relegation zone before Christmas; moving up to 14th after a 1-0 win over Bidvest Wits last weekend.

De Sa, however, is not getting carried away just yet because he knows his side are not out the woods.

"We're still in a battle. I think it's too early to say anything," he told KickOff website.

"Slowly we caught up, but we had a couple of hiccups along the way - the Baroka draw, the Arrows and AmaZulu games we conceded in the last minutes.

"We've had a few that have gotten away from us, and [against Wits] I think it was payback time - I think we got a bit fortunate at times, and it goes that way.

"But it's still too early to tell [if we'll survive relegation]. The win puts us in a good position now for the second round, at least we've got a realistic chance of trying to compete," he explained.

The vastly experienced PSL coach says he'll be going to the market in January, which could spell the end of some of the players at the club.

"We've got a lot of work to do, we've got to bring in a couple of players," said De Sa.

"You know this a team I inherited, so there's a few faces we've got to bring in, not just to play but also to create a little bit of competition.

"And to bring in a few it's going to be a case of having to release to be able to sign, and we know that, but there's enough players to release, believe you me.

"So, we're looking to bring in four or five new guys to give us a bit of depth, and then I think we'll be okay. I think we can reach 30 points [by the end of the season]," De Sa concluded.

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