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De Sa seeks to bolster strikeforce

Cape Umoya United coach Roger de Sa aims to beef up the NFD strugglers’ strikeforce in the January transfer window.

Umoya, with two wins from 11 games, are 15th on the table, with De Sa putting the blame for their lowly position on poor finishing.

“We’ve had a horrible drought,” De Sa tells KickOff.com.

“In the last five games we’ve been not good. It’s not that we played badly it’s just that we can’t get a win. It’s been a bit frustrating but ja we’ll keep on fighting. Ja, we are not scoring goals hey. We are creating a lot of opportunities, we are just not putting the ball in the net, so that’s been our problem. Most of the games the performance hasn’t been bad, it’s just that we are not scoring. That’s been our biggest issue.”

The former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper says the plan is to delve into the market in the new year to improve their options upfront.

“For sure we are going to try get better players to try and score goals. That’s the first option but now we are really looking if we need to change our personnel. But of course it’s still a long way to go. Until then we’ll continue to work with what we have and hopefully it works. Ja, I don’t have too many other intentions. We’ll continue to do our best and look, like I said to you, we can’t score goals. We are creating a lot of chances and we’ll keep on going. Obviously we are going to try find another one or two players who will make a difference and see how that goes. But ja, look we don’t have … for now that’s our plan, we don’t have any other plans for the season. It will depend on availability, affordability, and the player that wants to come.

“You’ve got a lot of factors … you know we’ve identified [Lionel] Messi but he is too expensive and he is not available. So we have to find the people that are available and who wants to come and are affordable. There’s a lot of factors that comes in to play. There are a lot of them that we want but we can’t afford, and a lot of them that don’t want to come or whatever. There’s a lot of factors that come in to play. There’s a lot to work on until we get the right players.”

Asked if gaining promotion back to the PSL this season was still a priority after such a poor start, Da Sa says: “Look I think we only need to win every game we play you know, and win the next 17, 18 games. I mean that’s always the target … and see where that takes us. It’s a very interesting league where everybody is able to beat anybody to be honest. Funnily we picked up most of our points on the teams in the top six or so, and it’s the teams at the bottom that we’ve been struggling with. And it’s kind of weird when we played the better teams we seem to get a draw, and when we played the bottom teams we seem to be not scoring or give the game away. So it’s difficult to explain but it’s an interesting league where everybody can beat anybody.”

Asked if gaining promotion back to the PSL this season was still a priority after such a poor start, Da Sa says: “Look I think we only need to win every game we play you know, and win the next 17, 18 games. I mean that’s always the target … and see where that takes us. It’s a very interesting league where everybody is able to beat anybody to be honest. Funnily we picked up most of our points on the teams in the top six or so, and it’s the teams at the bottom that we’ve been struggling with. And it’s kind of weird when we played the better teams we seem to get a draw, and when we played the bottom teams we seem to be not scoring or give the game away. So it’s difficult to explain but it’s an interesting league where everybody can beat anybody.”

Umoya next face bottom-placed neighbours Ubuntu Cape Town at Boland Stadium at 15h30 on Saturday.

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