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Roger De Sa bemoans lack of match action ahead of Kwa-Zulu Natal Derby

Posted: 9 March 2017 Time: 14:56

Maritzburg United coach Roger de Sa has labelled their upcoming Nedbank Cup KZN Derby a "cat and mouse" clash, having missed out on midweek action.

The Team of Choice will be taking on provincial rivals Golden Arrows, in what promises to be a fiery encounter, at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday.

De Sa, with his side having lost to Abafana Bes'Thende in the league game last week, says it is unfortunate that they will be meeting again but this time at a slight disadvantage of having been idle for the last week.

"For me, personally, I've never really enjoyed two games [against the same opponent] so close together," said the former Orlando Pirates coach.

"I've had experience in two-leg games – home and away – before and if you're going to play the same team, especially when you haven't played against anybody else in between, it sort of breaks the momentum a little bit.

"And with the result having not gone our way [last weekend], it makes it even more difficult for us but we want to try and turn it around [in the cup].

"It makes it more of a cat-and-mouse game because you wonder what are they going to do, are they going to stay the same? Are they going to change? Change their formation?

"And what are we going to do? Be the same as well? Change the line up? Like I said, it is little bit of a cat-and-mouse scenario, but I'll play the game to win."

De Sa further hinted that he will not be making many changes to his line-up as the week-long break after their cup clash is sufficient for his players to recuperate.

"I'm not a great believer of rotations and that type of thing," he added. "I think we going to play to win and we do have a week before our next game anyway, so it's not a question of resting someone."

De Sa previously managed to guide Bidvest Wits to Nedbank Cup glory in 2010, before again guiding Ajax Cape Town to the final in 2015 but losing out to Mamelodi Sundowns on penalties.

This time around he promises Maritzburg will give it their best shot in the cup, and hope to enjoy some momentum from the league campaign too.

"Look, definitely we going to try our best. My personal experience in this competition is all the way to the final or I've been knocked out early, it's one of those, it's either out ( in the first round) or all the way," he added.

"So let's try and get over this obstacle on Sunday and hopefully we can have a nice cup run. I think also the cup run it helps a lot of teams.

"A lot of times you hear guys are saying, 'let's focus on the league and just focus on one thing at a time' – I disagree. I think these competitions are great and you get to play in all of them and have a go in all of them.

"But it would be nice for the players to play bigger games, bigger crowds and there's a lot of young players coming in the Maritzburg set-up now, so it'll be fantastic for them to get that opportunity and that experience."

Kick-off of the clash is scheduled for 15h00.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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