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De Sa reaching for the stars





With all said and done, Orlando Pirates are within touching distance of African glory. That second star they have been dreaming of is now just a whisker away and credit must go to a local coach who is the architect of this destiny.

Allow me to refer to the words from legendary musician Labi Siffre’s classic titled “Something inside so strong”:

Roger de Sa that something inside you is really so strong. They built high barriers and the taller you became. They refused to hear your voice and you translated that to actions(results). Despite that, they still turned their faces away and you kept your eyes on the goal (the second star).

They thought your pride was gone when you lost in the MTN8 final but you knew that you could make it. The brothers and sisters insisted you were just not good enough but you knew better and just looked them in the eyes and said ‘I am gonna do it anyway’.

Finally your light has shone so brightly and it blinded the detractors. Because there’s something inside you so strong! I know you can make it!

After going through all that was thrown at you at TP Mazembe, beating Egyptian giants Al Ahly and Zamalek now it’s just a choice that you and your boys have to make if you want to win the Caf Champions League or not.

I say it’s a choice because you have defied the odds and now it’s only you who can stop yourselves from achieving that dream. Often people say the sky is the limit. I say the limit is in your heart and head, something which I would like to believe you subscribe to, Roger de Sa.

De Sa, I must say you displayed great leadership through this African safari, fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you. Some fickle Pirates fans dismissed your ability from the time you took over the reins and instead of talking to justify your appointment you went about your business, delivering results.

Despite delivering results some continued to lambast you for your unpopular decisions. You stood by your decisions and believed in them like all leaders should.

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Recently, you took so much criticism for freezing out captain Lucky Leghwathi, who shocked me when he went public, moaning about being left out of the MTN8 final squad. Lucky, one man doesn’t make a team baba!

In my books, Pirates are African Champions already if they continue with their resilience.

I will say it again, Roger De Sa is the Moses of Pirates, who chairman Dr Irvin Khoza chose to deliver his charges to the promised land and he is doing just that. Give this chairman a Walka!

What makes it even more exciting is that, Roger, you are a local coach and did not come here demanding large sums of money only to win “Tupperware”, those small plastic cups as football fanatics often call them.

Die-hard Ghosts, who have faith in you Roger, have already nicknamed you “Roger the Star”. They believe you will get them that second star. I prefer to call you Moses. You have been to Egypt in the quest to deliver the Buccaneers to the promised land and now you are so close.

Pirates’ success can translate to Bafana Bafana like it did before; having won the Champions League in 1995, the national team followed by winning the Africa Cup of Nations. How do we that?

Gordon Igesund must put faith in these Orlando Pirates troops. Build a team around them. I mean they have been to the deep dark corners and bumpy sides of Africa. The experience that they have gathered is simply priceless.

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