Meyiwa downplays De Sa factor

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Coach De Sa led Pirates to three cup finals last season before switching alliances to Ajax in February, with Vladimir Vermezovic later overseeing the Sea Robbers' Nedbank Cup triumph in 2013/14.

Meyiwa told his club's website: “Ja, coach Roger was here and we used to plan together for matches. Now he is on the other side and that will be tough.

“But in football coaches don’t play – Roger will not play on the day. So, as much as they will come here with a plan, we will also plan against them because we know how the coach likes to play in certain phases of the game.

“It will be a very nice match and I’m hoping to be at my best because, eish, we can’t lose at home.”