Mar­itzburg land De Sa


Sowetan - - SPORT - Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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.

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