Cape Umoya coach Roger de Sa sees light at the end of the tunnel
Posted: 9 August 2018 Time: 16:00
Cape Umoya United coach Roger de Sa says they are 80-85% done with their frantic preparations for the new season.
The club, formerly known as Platinum Stars, relocated to Cape Town from Phokeng after suffering relegation from the Absa Premiership last term.
Besides the logistics involved in the move, United's management have also had to take into account the U-23 rule in the National First Division when sorting out their squad.
De Sa's men will begin their bid for promotion with a trip to TS Galaxy on August 19.
"Obviously we're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and it's coming right," De Sa toldKickOff.com. "The squad is coming together nicely. I think the U-23 rule is always something we were gonna be challenged with but we've managed to pick up some good talented boys from the Cape, and yeah we putting up a pretty good squad so far.
"It's taken a bit longer than I expected but I think these next two weeks are gonna be key for us to play a lot of games. I think we're about 80-85% done already. There's always gonna be extra players coming and there's gonna be players available as the PSL kicks off. We are going to leave that window open to invite some of these players."
Meanwhile, De Sa has indicated former Ajax Cape Town striker Nathan Paulse looks likely to come out of retirement and do a job upfront this season.
"I think Nathan does feel himself that he's got something to give and I think that's even more important after having a chat with him ," said De Sa, whose new technical team includes assistant coach Dominic Isaacs and ex-Ajax goalkeeper coach Andre Petim.
"He's always been good for me. I had a chat with him and he said look he'd like to have another go and we said well the door is open. The ball is in his court really, you know. He's got to tell us how he is feeling and how he's doing. And if there's an opportunity he can offer us something, then we'll definitely use him."