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RDS denies sale talk distraction

Posted: 1 October 2017 Time: 09:08

Platinum Stars coach Roger de Sa insists talk of the club being up for sale is having no effect on the bottom-placed team.

Stars, who hired De Sa two games into the season after sacking Peter Butler, last month denied the club was about to change hands, but indicated a deal could happen in the future.

Asked if this was unsettling the players, De Sa replied: "As far as the sale is concerned, I must tell you that the club was entirely honest with me from the first meeting they held with me.

"Let's be honest, every club is for sale and it all depends on the price. Whoever company or newspaper you are working for, the Guptas could buy it tomorrow and you still have a job, isn't it? You carry on working the next day. You would work and that's how it is.

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"Clubs in this country have changed ownership how many times? I was at Bidvest Wits when Wits got sold and nothing changed. I was at Ajax Cape Town when they changed hands from one brother-in-law to the other and nothing changed.

"So the players are under no illusion. We all know that if someone buys a club, we carry on working. So it's like any company or any business and it isn't affecting us.

"I've had discussions with the team and players, and the players are fine with it."

Stars, who announced the resignation of general manager Senzo Mazingisa on Friday, will hope to pick up their first win of the season when they host Mamelodi Sundowns in their seventh match of the campaign on Sunday afternoon.

De Sa expects his men to show plenty of life at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

"Sundowns, listen, the nice thing playing against a big club is you don't really need to motivate anybody. They [players] just rock up and want to play.

"The nice thing about Sundowns is they let you play, and it's not like against AmaZulu where AmaZulu are in your face and they compete and they rush and everything.

"Sundowns play football and will push the ball on the ground, and they give you space to play as well. Obviously they've a quality side and there's no doubt about that. All eleven they'll play are quality."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala

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