Roger De Sá

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Roger De Sá
Personal information
Full name Rogério Paulo Cesar de Sá
Date of birth (1964-10-01) 1 October 1964 (age 52)
Place of birth Maputo, Mozambique
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Ajax Cape Town (manager)
Youth career
Uniao Desportivo Johannesburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 Kwikot Benoni ? (?)
1985–1987 Defence Forces ? (?)
1987–1989 Jeppe ? (?)
1989–1995 Moroka Swallows ? (?)
1995–1997 Mamelodi Sundowns ? (?)
1997–2001 Wits University ? (?)
National team
1993 South Africa 1 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2005 Wits University
2005–2007 Santos
2007–2012 Wits University
2012–2014 Orlando Pirates
2014– Ajax Cape Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Roger De Sá (born Rogério Paulo Cesar de Sá on 1 October 1964 in Maputo, Mozambique) is a South African football manager and the current head coach of Premier Soccer League club Platinum Stars. De Sá is a former footballer and played as goalkeeper.

De Sá is also one of the handful of South Africans who have represented their country in three different sports — soccer, basketball and indoor soccer.


De Sá was born to Portuguese settlers in Lourenço Marques, now known as Maputo, Mozambique on 1 October 1964. He is the son of Octávio Augusto César de Sá (1935–1990), himself a former goalkeeper who played for Sporting Lisbon between 1956 and 1960.

After fleeing Mozambique in 1974, he moved to South Africa with his family.

Club career[edit]

De Sá started his professional career after Kwikot Benoni coach Jingles Pereira, who knew De Sá's father, knew that the goalkeeper was not playing professional football, promptly signing the player.[2]

During his career, De Sá played for major South African clubs Moroka Swallows and Mamelodi Sundowns, both of which he captained as well.

International career[edit]

De Sá was capped only once in his career during a 1994 African Cup of Nations qualification match against Zambia.[3] He was part of the 1996 African Nations Cup-winning squad.

Coaching career[edit]

In September 2012, De Sá was appointed as the coach for Orlando Pirates.[4] Before his appointment to Orlando Pirates, De Sá took over the full coaching reins at Bidvest Wits in 2001. He was chosen as PSL Coach of the Season after the 2002–03 season.

De Sá rejoined The Students in June 2007 after an absence of two years which he spent coaching Engen Santos.

On 31 January 2014, De Sa resigned as coach of Orlando Pirates.[5]

Da Sa was appointed Ajax Cape Town coach in 2014, but stepped down from the position after a winless start to the 2016/17 PSL season.[6]

In January 2017, Da Sa was announced as Maritzburg United's manager, but he parted ways with the club in March of the same year.[7]

On 8 September 2017, Da Sa was named as the head coach of Platinum Stars after the depature of British coach Peter Butler.[8]

He also acted as Bafana's goalkeeping coach during Carlos Queiroz's reign.



Wits University[9]
Orlando Pirates[9]
Ajax Cape Town[9]


  1. ^ Sa, Roger De; Landheer, Ernest (1 January 2002). "Roger de Sa: Man of Action". New Africa Books. Retrieved 24 April 2017 – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ Sa, Roger De; Landheer, Ernest (2002-01-01). Roger de Sa: Man of Action. New Africa Books. ISBN 9780864864703. 
  3. ^ "South Africa - International Matches 1992-1995". Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Roger De Sa appointed new Pirates head coach | News | Sport | Mail & Guardian". 10 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Roger de Sa resigns as Orlando Pirates coach". Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Roger de Sa parts ways with Ajax Cape Town, steps down, resigns". Kick Off. Retrieved 2017-09-09. 
  7. ^ lehlohonolo. "Roger de Sa named new Maritzburg united coach | The New Age". The New Age. Retrieved 2017-09-09. 
  8. ^ "Platinum Stars confirm appointment of Roger De Sa as new head coach". Kick Off. Retrieved 2017-09-09. 
  9. ^ a b c "Roger De Sá - Career Honours". Soccerway. 


  • Roger De Sa: Man of Action
DE SA, Roger with LANDHEER, Ernest (2003, South Africa Spearhead Press, ISBN 978-0-86486-470-3)