local soccer 26.9.2013 06:00 am

Bucs face hectic week

The only thing that occupied Roger de Sa’s mind yesterday was his family, with Orlando Pirates personnel receiving the day off after a taxing two weeks that included a trip to Congo-Brazzaville.

“Hopefully the dog won’t bite me because I haven’t been home for a while,” Pirates coach De Sa joked before taking the break.

Today the team will be hard at training preparing for what will be a hectic week where they play three competitions in three provinces, starting with the MTN8 final on Saturday at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium against Platinum Stars.

After that they will make a trip to Mbombela where they will face Mpumalanga Black Aces next Wednesday in the opening round of the Telkom Knockout before returning to Orlando Stadium where they face two-time African champions Esperance of Tunisia in the semifinals of the Caf Champions League.

In the two domestic cup matches Kermit Erasmus – who is cup-tied after playing for SuperSport United in the Caf Confederation Cup, ruling him out of the Champions League – will be the person De Sa looks to for attacking impetus.

Erasmus, left, has shown glimpses of what he is capable of, like in the Soweto derby against Kaizer Chiefs at Orlando Stadium where he troubled Amakhosi’s defence.

“I think he is a bit rusty,” De Sa said. “The inconsistency of him being in and out of the team, with us doing well in the Caf Champions League and he can’t play in that tournament, might have affected him because he plays one game and he is out for two games.

“Then he comes back to play, maybe that’s one of the reasons because he is a great player. He can do the job.”

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