Roger de Sa plans Platinum Stars overhaul
Posted: 18 December 2017 Time: 18:00
Platinum Stars coach Roger de Sa says it is too early to shift their focus away from the relegation fight, and targets “four or five” new signings in the January window.
Dikwena moved four points away from bottom-placed Bidvest Wits following their 1-0 win at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday, and are now just four points adrift of a top-eight spot.
However, De Sa refused to get ahead of himself following their victory over the reigning Absa Premiership champions, and feels they have set a good foundation for the restart of the campaign after the festive recess.
“We’re still in a battle. I think it’s too early to say anything. We targeted 15 points when I got there, [because] when I arrived there it was three losses,” said De Sa.
“It was like, ‘okay, now we’ve got to catch up’. Slowly we caught up, but we had a couple of hiccups along the way – the Baroka draw, the Arrows and AmaZulu games we conceded in the last minutes.
“So, we’ve had a few that have gotten away from us, and [against Wits] I think it was payback time – I think we got a bit fortunate at times, and it goes that way.
“But it’s still too early to tell [if we’ll survive relegation]. The win puts us in a good position now for the second round, at least we’ve got a realistic chance of trying to compete.”
The former Orlando Pirates coach believes 30 points is a good target for their end-of-season total, as he expects an even tougher second round of the season. He also aims to snap up a few players in the transfer window.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do, we’ve got to bring in a couple of players. You know this a team I inherited, so there’s a few faces we’ve got to bring in, not just to play but also to create a little bit of competition” he added.
“And to bring in a few it's going to be a case of having to release to be able to sign, and we know that, but there's enough players to release, believe you me.
“So, we’re looking to bring in four or five new guys to give us a bit of depth, and then I think we’ll be okay. I think we can reach 30 points [by the end of the season].”