Roger de Sa joins 400 club
New Bucs coach Roger de Sa's first match on the bench for Orlando Pirates this weekend will edge him closer to 400 matches in charge of a Premier Soccer League club and reinforce his status as one of the more experienced coaches in the country.
The former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, who turns 48 next month, got a shock recall to the game on Monday when Pirates named him coach and handed him a three-year contract.
He will be plunged into the deep end against Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Saturday.
The game will mark his 397th on the bench and take to 12 the successive seasons that he has coached a PSL team.
De Sa, whose one coaching success was winning the 2010 Nedbank Cup at Soccer City, has had two spells at Wits and one at Santos.
He has a total record in all competitions of 139 wins, 134 draws and 123 losses. The goal ratio of his teams has been 470 for to 428 against.
De Sa, born in neighbouring Mozambique and whose father played at Sporting Lisbon, was still registered as a player at Wits when he took over from Scotsman Jim Bone as coach in 2001 and he marked the end of his career in goal in the final game of his first season in charge when he played himself in the starting line-up against Pirates. Wits won 3-1. His first game as a pure coach was a 1-0 home loss to Kaizer Chiefs in August 2001 and his last a 2-0 win over Platinum Stars on the last day of last season.
It means that, after a brief hiatus, he picks up where he left off.