Roger de Sa on spying mission


South African Premier Soccer league club Bidvest Wits’ coach Roger de Sa was in Harare for Brazil’s international friendly match against the Warriors last Wednesday on a spying mission for Portugal.

De Sa, who is of Portuguese descent, will be acting as assistant coach to Carlos Queiroz during the World Cup where they have been grouped with Brazil, African giants Ivory Coast and North Korea.
In a brief interview at the end of the match, de Sa could not say what he had seen of the Brazilians, but admitted that he also had an eye on some Zimbabwean players.

“That (on Brazil), I cannot say. Maybe let’s say I was also watching some players,” De Sa said.

Brazil won 3-0 and had Real Madrid playmaker Kaka playing 45 minutes of the match as he battles fitness ahead of the start of the extravaganza in exactly four days’ time. The Samba boys played the game with ease, using short and accurate passes, not really putting the foot on the pedal.

De Sa will probably report to his boss on the technical strengths of their opponents. Among some of the local players in action on Wednesday were goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda, Ashley Rambanepasi, Stephen Alimenda, Gilbert Mapemba and Zhaimu