The 47-year-old De Sa debuts on the bench for the league champions against Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Saturday, having only taken over on Monday from Augusto Palacios.
But De Sa is well versed with Stars, having been in charge of both Wits and Santos against the club from the North West Province a total of 19 times.
His record as a coach against Platinum Stars is eight wins, six losses and five draws – a marginal return of success. During his two spells at Wits, De Sa played Stars 14 times, winning six, losing four and drawing four.
In his two seasons in charge of Cape Town club Santos, from 2006 to 2008, it was honours even in the battle between the former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper and Stars with two wins and two losses and a single draw.
De Sa returns to the game after missing just three matches at the start of the new league campaign, which broke a consecutive run on the bench of a PSL side for 11 successive seasons.
Saturday’s game will mark his 397th on the bench. He has a total record in all competitions of 139 wins, 134 draws and 123 losses. The goal ratio of his teams has been 470 for to 428 against.
Pirates’ head-to-head record against Stars in league action is nine wins and eight draws in 18 encounters since 2003. Stars only win over the Sea Robbers was in 2008 when Tshepo Ramokala scored in a 1-0 away triumph.