Maritzburg land De Sa
KADODIA ECSTATIC ABOUT FUTURE
MARITZBURG United boss Farook Kadodia believes their new head coach Roger de Sa would stay for longer than the two-and-ahalf year contract that he has signed. The former Bidvest Wits, Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town mentor was unveiled by the club at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg, yesterday. Kadodia believes that in De Sa he has the right man not only to help the club maintain their current top eight PSL position or move up, but also rope in the youth, especially from KwaZulu Natal, to build a stronger side for the future. “For a club such as ours, who like promoting the youth, I think Roger is the right man,” Kadodia told Sowetan yesterday.
“We are looking to the future and we have a wealth of talent in KZN. I’m sure Roger will help us with that.”
De Sa worked with the youthful Ajax Cape Town side for two-and-a-half years and won the 2015 MTN8 before quitting seven games into this season.
“I have faith in him. We would love for him to stay longer, but we want to take this one step at a time,” said Kadodia.
De Sa, meanwhile, denied reports that he kept Maritzburg waiting because he was hoping for the Bafana Bafana job.
“It is not true and I’ve never spoken to Safa and Safa have never spoken to me,” he said.
“When I resigned from Ajax in October, Farook spoke to me. I did say to him ‘look I’m having a bit of a holiday now and I’ve never had a holiday for the last 30 years and I need to have a proper break’, which I did.
“Fortunately the two assistant coaches, Fadlu (Davids) and Mahier (Davids) did a great a job.
“I’ve a couple of businesses and other interests that I had to see to. My commitment was always going to be in January, so there was no delay because of Safa,” said De Sa.
During Davids’s stint as interim coach, Maritzburg collected nine points from five games. They won two and drew three.