Roger de Sa Orlando Pirates new signings


The Buccaneers have endured a physically demanding season that has seen some players succumbing to injury, including long-term casualties Patrick Phungwayo and Siyabonga Sangweni.

But De Sa, who has been the brains behind Pirates’ success in the CAF Champions League, is happy with the way his players have coped with the pressure associated with fulfilling the club’s fixtures.

“Yes, it has been physically demanding but the players have shown that they are up to the task,” De Sa tells

“There is no need to add new players to the current squad. Yes, we have had injuries, but I have a team of about 30 players and this is enough for the club.

“In terms of the Champions League, the season has almost come to an end and the players at my disposal have acquitted themselves well,” adds De Sa.

Pirates, who played out a 0-0 draw with Esperance in their CAF Champions League match at Orlando Stadium on Saturday, are now bracing for the second leg of the encounter to be played in Tunisia on 19 October.

While Pirates are concerned with the fact that they failed to score a goal in that match, they believe they will work out a formula to outfox Esperance in Tunisia.

“They [Esperance] are the champions and they will crack. The important thing for us is to go there and score early so that we put them under pressure,” Pirates’ spokesperson Mickey Modisane says.