Absa Premiership

De Sa: We have to build on our performances

2017-10-19 15:20
Roger De Sa (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Platinum Stars head coach Roger De Sa wants his men to build on their performance against Orlando Pirates in order to overcome Free State Stars this coming Saturday.

On the night that Dikwena held Pirates to a 1-1 draw and De Sa couldn’t fault his men for effort, commitment or fighting spirit.

Dikwena were quick to equalize as Bongi Ntuli cancelled Thabo Matlaba’s opener two minutes after Dikwena went a goal down.

Though Dikwena are yet to register their first win, De Sa is confident that his charges are going in the right direction.

"We showed glimpses of improvement in certain areas. Hopefully we can carry on building from this," said De Sa, who was heartened by his men’s showings on Wednesday night.

"It was always going to be a tough one. We knew that. Coming here was never going to be easy. Pirates are a team in construction.

"You can see that they are a new side, a lot of new players and new coach. We have been watching and we could see that it was going to be difficult with a lot of pace, mobility. We have been struggling.

"If you had told me before the game that I would get a point, I would have taken it. As the game went on I felt we had a little sniff at maybe a winner.

"In saying that we could have gotten nothing so we got to be happy with a point away from home against Pirates. It’s a good point for us even though a win would have been better."

De Sa was delighted to see Ntuli get on the score sheet. He is of the view that the goal will inspire the marksman and his team-mates to score on regular basis.

"Ntuli’s goal is a massive plus for us. He hasn’t scored in months," said De Sa.

"For him to get a goal, we played friendly games and I chose to play teams from Vodacom League and ABC Motsepe League to try get his confidence and he was missing from two metres.

"You are like when is he ever going to score? The fact that he took a goal against Pirates and he took it pretty well is a massive plus.

Dikwena’s next assignment is away to Free State Stars this coming Saturday. De Sa will be crossing his fingers that Ntuli and company carry with their scoring boots as they go in search of a win at Goble Park.

"We have got to keep on working. Hopefully we can get something out of the game on the weekend," De Sa added.

Kick-off is at 20:15.

 

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