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Mamelodi Sundowns will come out all guns blazing, says Roger De Sa

10:35 PM SGT 29/9/17
Roger De Sa, Ajax Cape Town
Dikwena's coach expects Masandawana to come out firing on Sunday afternoon

Platinum Stars coach Roger De Sa predicts a Mamelodi Sundowns backlash when the two sides meet in Rustenburg on Sunday.

Masandawana were recently eliminated from the Caf Champions League by Wydad Casablanca, and De Sa believes that Mosimane’s men will have a point to prove as they resume their domestic duties.

“I think they’ll come out with all guns blazing because what do they have to play for now? It’s just the league‚" De Sa told The Sowetan.

“And with them it also doesn’t matter which team they bring because they have got two XIs who are good enough to win the league,” De Sa added.

Meanwhile, De Sa’s appointment has brought a fresh new outlook to the beleaguered Dikwena, but De Sa believes that Stars will need to bolster their squad in future.

“We still need three or four players to beef up the squad and we could use players like Brian Mwila and Vieira (Lehlogonolo Masalesa)‚ who are still out injured,” he said.

“We gave Vieira a run out in a training game on Wednesday and he was back in the physio yesterday‚” de Sa said on Friday.

“So we just have to be careful with him,” he explained.

Nonetheless, De Sa joked that the clash against the Tshwane giants could have come later in the season, but believes that Stars are on the right track.

“I was hoping they weren’t going to be knocked out because then they would have been playing in the semi-finals this weekend and we would have been off‚ giving us more time for training,” he commented.

“We do need a morale booster.

"But we had a good battle in our last game at AmaZulu and we should have beaten Arrows when we hosted them.

"We had every chance to win the game and then gave away a last-minute penalty.

"I’ve only been here for four games – two draws and two wins – but I’ve felt that in every game we have had a chance to win,” he concluded.