De Sa ‘learning about his players’
14 February 2017
Two matches in the space of a week have given head coach Roger De Sa a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the Maritzburg United side.
De Sa and his men were very unlucky not to earn maximum points in the first game in which he took charge, away to Polokwane City, after the hosts were awarded a highly debatable penalty late on which allowed them to snatch a 1-1 draw.
The Team of Choice were then edged out 2-1 by Kaizer Chiefs in a scintillating match played in rainy conditions in front of a packed house at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday night.
“It was a good game, but we’re obviously disappointed we didn’t get anything out of it, expect I get to leant a bit more about the players I’m going to work with,” he said after the Amakhosi clash.
“We were okay in the first half. But I don’t think Evans [Rusike] really got into the game, I thought Deolin [Mekoa] was also very quiet and we needed more from them.
“We fought hard to get the goal back. But then I thought our match management was poor, you’ve got to keep the ball a bit longer, were them down a bit more, we tried to play end-to-end stuff against Kaizer Chiefs, it’s not going to work, you’ve got to play at your pace and we didn’t do that.
“Against Chiefs you have got to be a lot better. You can’t make a lot of unforced errors and give the ball away unnecessary, you’ve got to punish them, and we had opportunities ot maybe get a lot more out of the game.
“We should have been more composed and consolidated our position. It’s a learning process, especially with lots of young players, so we’ll sit and show them the video,” De Sa added.
The former Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates coach will no doubt be looking to make the most of the time he now has to work with the squad ahead of the next game, which is away at SuperSport United next Wednesday.
Club captain Kurt Lentjies will return from suspension, while De Sa is hopeful that Belgian striker Andrea Fileccia will be available after having recovered from injury.