De Sa wants to try out new combinations
ORLANDO Pirates coach Roger de Sa plans to use the Fifa international window to try various combinations to intensify their challenge for a successful defence of Absa Premiership title.
"The break is a blessing in disguise for me. It is a chance to have a look at other players in the team," said De Sa, who joined Pirates three weeks ago.
Players that De Sa and his technical team of Teboho Moloi and Eric Tinkler will spend more time with Happy Jele, Ayanda Gcaba, Mpho Makola and Khetho Masuku.
While Makola, Gcaba and Masuku are new at the club after joining Pirates in August, Jele has not played for Pirates since suffering an injury in November.
De Sa is giving his players time off on Saturday and Sunday during the Fifa international week.
"We are planning to play two or three friendlies during the break. I think we have a great team. The most important thing is to score goals and do well.
"I'm happy that we are beginning to score goals after netting three against AmaTuks. We cannot afford slip-ups after the defeat by Bloemfontein Celtic."
When he joined Pirates, De Sa made it clear he wants Bucs to continue winning trophies.
"It's a big challenge and we have to do well. I have no doubt we will succeed. Pirates are used to winning trophies and it is the trend we have to sustain," he said.
De Sa is also hoping that his experienced striker, Benni McCarthy, will be available for their next Premier League match against Amazulu on October 28.
"We hope Benni will be back. He is a great player. I think he will be on the bench. We are planning to have him on the bench or play him in the second half.
"He suffered a hamstring injury. We are not going to rush him. He is an experienced striker who, we have no doubt, will help us score goals."