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Platinum Stars coach Roger de Sa. Photo by Gallo Images.  ~ 

THE proposed sale of Platinum Stars has not given new head coach Roger de Sa or his players any sleepless nights.

But what is causing De Sa, the former Orlando Pirates mentor, concern is the fact that Stars are still without a win this season.

Said De Sa: “I doubt the club will be sold. Like everyone I’ve heard the rumours. But whether or not it is sold, it is business as usual for me and the players. This (sale) does not affect us in any way.

“I have been at both Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns when they were sold, and went to Ajax Cape Town after they got new owners. In no way was I affected. The players are professionals and have a job to do – and right now we are trying to get our first win of the season.”

De Sa, who took charge last month after Dikwena sacked Englishman Peter Butler, leads his inexperienced side to Orlando Stadium tonight (7.30pm) for an Absa Premiership clash with a rejuvenated Orlando Pirates under new head coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic.

Stars have two points from seven matches – both draws under De Sa – while Bucs have 12 points and are in fourth position.

De Sa took Bucs to the 2013 Caf Champions League final and must be aware Dikwena’s backs will be against the wall.

He added: “There are only about two players left from the Pirates side I coached. It’s a new team – well structured, well-organised and who look comfortable. They have also had their best start to a season in years.

“So it’s going to be tough to break our duck at Orlando Stadium but we are going there under no pressure and will give them a run for their money.”

De Sa confirmed he would be going into the January transfer market to beef up his squad: “I basically have two experienced players available in defender Vuyo Mere and midfielder Innocent Mkhabela. But it is what it is, I will make the most of what is available.

“The players have put in a tremendous effort at training over the two-week Fifa break and we are better prepared now than we were when I took over.”

De Sa also said he would have his Zambian striker Brain Mwila back from injury: “I’m happy to have Brian back and will start him on the bench. ”

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