Roger de Sa demands CAF mentality from Platinum Stars players in Absa Premiership
Posted: 28 February 2018 Time: 19:45
Platinum Stars coach Roger de Sa says his beleaguered team must adopt a similar mentality to sides competing in Africa and expect adversity.
Bottom-placed Dikwena are staring relegation in the face as they are three points behind closest strugglers Ajax Cape Town with eight games left in the season.
Stars have lost six of their previous eight matches, most recently going down 2-0 at Maritzburg United last Friday as De Sa was given his marching orders by referee Victor Gomes.
De Sa, who had some choice words to say about Gomes, is adamant the Phokeng-based outfit can beat the drop heading into Saturday's visit of high-flying Free State Stars at Royal Bafokeng Stadium (20h15).
"Absolutely it is still [possible]. If you look at our performances in the first round we had six games, two points and that is pretty much where we are now as well," De Sa said.
"In the second round we also got two points and we managed to get out of that area [last place]. I think we ended up 13th or 14th in the first round. Hopefully we can turn it around still and we got some games that we have targeted as must-win games.
"Obviously these games away from home like against Maritzburg are always going to be difficult to get anything out of them, and if we did it it would be a bonus."
"It's like you are playing in Africa, you got to expect those type of decisions and that is what it has become now. We just got to knuckle down and be up for it," concluded De Sa, who forms part of the consortium that bought Stars last month from Bafokeng Holdings.