Roger de Sa urges improvement from Maritzburg United troops
Posted: 14 February 2017 Time: 14:13
Maritzburg United coach Roger de Sa is patiently enduring the learning process at his new club, but has called for a mass improvement ahead of their next game.
De Sa took over the vacant head coaching position from interim coach Fadlu Davids in January, following the departure of German tactician Ernst Middendorp in November last year.
The Team of Choice have since suffered two defeats in their opening two games - their latest a 2-1 loss to Kaizer Chiefs – under the former Ajax Cape Town mentor, who has taken some positives out of the disappointing results.
“It was a good game [against Chiefs], but we’re obviously disappointed we didn’t get anything out of it, except I got to learn a bit more about the players I’m going to work with,” De Sa told the club's wesbite.
“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 and wear 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."
Having previously coached Amakhosi's bitter rivals Orlando Pirates, De Sa knows all too well the approach needed to overcome the Soweto giants, but says he will be working on corrective measures ahead of their next clash away to SuperSport United on Saturday.
"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 to 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,” he added.
Club captain Kurt Lentjies will return from suspension for Saturday's outing, while De Sa is hopeful that Belgian striker Andrea Fileccia will be available after having recovered from injury.