Chiefs on high alert as De Sa faces bleak Qatar future

By Michael Madyira

Former Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa is facing an uncertain future in Qatar following the sacking of Carlos Queiroz.

De Sa was serving as Queiroz’s assistant coach in the Qatar national team when the Portuguese was relieved of his duties with just a month to go before the Asian Cup.

Qatar will host the Asian Cup and Queiroz leaves after 12 games in charge, guiding them to five victories, two draws and five defeats.

“The Qatar Football Association has announced that Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz’s tenure as head coach of the Qatar national team has ended amicably by mutual agreement between the two parties,” the QFA announced in a statement.

“The QFA expresses its sincere gratitude to coach Queiroz for his unwavering dedication, leadership, and contributions during his tenure as the head coach of the national team. We wish him success in his future endeavours.”

Marquez Lopez has already been appointed as Queiroz’s successor but the Portuguese’s departure leaves De Sa in limbo.

Without getting into detail, the ex-Buccaneers coach hinted to Scrolla.Africa that he might have a future as part of Lopez’s backroom staff.

He said he is due for a holiday in South Africa in December and will leave the country on 5 January.

In the event he leaves his Qatar role, that would place PSL clubs on high alert for his services.

Most notably, Kaizer Chiefs are searching for a new coach to replace Molefi Ntseki, who was fired in October.

The Soweto giants have been linked with several coaches including Pitso Mosimane and Brazilian Alexandre Gallo and are taking their time in appointing a substantive coach, as Cavin Johnson remains interim trainer.

Having spent his last roles as Queiroz’s assistant in the Egypt national team, Iran and Qatar, De Sa’s experience could be valuable for the Soweto giants.

Pictured above: Roger de Sa and Carlos Queiroz.

Image source: Roger de Sa/Instagram


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