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Platinum Stars coach Roger De Sa says he can only sign players once the new owners give him the go-ahead

Posted: 24 December 2017 Time: 18:00

Platinum Stars coach Roger De Sa says he is waiting on management to give him the go-ahead to bring in the players he needs in the January transfer window.

De Sa inherited a squad that was partly assembled by former Botswana national team coach Peter Butler, who was sacked early in the season. De Sa had to work with what was given to him, but he managed to get decent results along the way as Dikwena found some rhythm following a poor start to the campaign.

In recent seasons Stars have lost a lot of their key players to PSL rivals and they have not adequately been replaced. In the current squad De Sa can call on experienced players such as Vuyo Mere, Robert Ng’ambi and Lehlogonolo Masalesa, who has worked with the coach at Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates.

Right winger Mduduzi Nyanda returned from a long lay-off and De Sa said it felt like he had gained a new player, while youngster Katlego Otladisa has shown a lot of promise. But there is still a need to add to the squad.

De Sa is waiting on the new owners, who are apparently meant to start in January, to tell him if he can sign new players.

"Yes we are [planning to sign players], but I'm waiting for the new owners," De Sa tells 

"I'm waiting for management to tell me what's happening. They are supposed to come in January but I'm waiting to see what they want to do. I'm waiting to have a meeting and they must tell me what I'm allowed to bring in.

"Look we need [new players] everywhere. We need in all the departments, but we just waiting to see if they can say yes or no. We must carry on with what we have or ... because everyone we will bring in will want a salary, so we need to have authorisation for the salary. It's quite complicated."

The former Pirates coach says what will matter most for the club when the season resumes will be to gather as many points as possible. De Sa has recently said he wants to get to 30 points as quick as possible.

"We just want to carry on game by game, we have to climb and you know it's gonna be a tough climb."

Dikwena, who host Cape Town City at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on January 6, are third from bottom on the Absa Premiership standings, just four points ahead of bottom placed Wits.

Article by: Sipho Mlotha
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