Goal Senior Writer Ernest Makhaya speaks with the Pirates coach Roger de Sa about his plans ahead of the 2013/2014 PSL season
Goal: Roger thanks very much for your time. Let’s start with what the Pirates fans want to know. Are you leaving the club anytime soon?
Roger de Sa: I am still the Pirates coach, and my contract ends June 30, 2015. So, I am not leaving the club, and not intending to leave anytime soon.
Goal: The chairman (Dr Irvin Khoza) went public about the meeting that he was going to have with you when you’re back from a holiday. How did that go?
Roger de Sa: It went well, and I can assure you that it had nothing to do with my future at Pirates. It was purely on the technical report and plans for the new season. I am aware that a lot has been said about my future, but it is not under discussion.
Goal: Talking about plans for the new season. Can you share them with our readers and the Bucs fans out there?
Roger de Sa: Nothing has changed from previous seasons. I mean, the fans want the team to win every trophy and possibly every game. Surely, no game is (more) important than the other if you coaching at Pirates. We will try harder in the new season.
Goal: Last season was tough for Pirates and for you as a coach having to deal with all the injuries to key players. Are you going to implement the rotation system to at least avoid what happened last season?
Roger de Sa: No. I cannot chop and change the team. A lot of teams don’t rotate their squads, and I don’t see the reason why I should. Chiefs never rotated their team and they are the champions. Teams like Barcelona have been playing with the same team for many years now and they have been doing well. It’s hard for the team to deal with forced changes such as suspensions and injuries. Now imagine rotation. We can change a few players, say two or three, but not the core of the team and again no player likes to be rotated. Even the goalkeepers want to play in every game.
Goal: Are there any new players that Pirates have signed for the new season?
Roger de Sa: Yes, and they are all in the camp with the rest of the team; the Ghanaian goalkeeper Fatau Dauda, Lennox Bacela and Joseph Malongoane as well as Jacky Motshegwa from Celtic.
Goal: But which departments would you say need reinforcement?
Roger de Sa: I needed a striker and still need a centre-back. I mean, Benni retired and Lekgwathi has been playing non-stop for the past three seasons. I think he needs to be given a break.
Goal: Talking about Benni McCarthy what do you make of his retirement, and were you surprised when you heard that he has retired?
Roger de Sa: I think Benni has done well for himself and the teams that he played for including Pirates. No one expected him to retire this year.
Goal: Does the Pirates management involve you though when it comes to the signing of players?
Roger de Sa: They do. They have been consulting me a lot with regards to the signing of players and I am confident of getting the new players.
Goal: Roger, thanks for your time and all the best for the new season.