But­ler to grav­i­tate to­wards Plat­inum Stars

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MOHAU RAMASHIDJA

PLAT­INUM STARS are re­port­edly fi­nal­is­ing mat­ters to have for­mer Botswana head coach, Peter But­ler, as their new coach lead­ing up to the next Absa Pre­mier­ship sea­son.

Dik­wena parted ways with their for­mer coach Cavin John­son ear­lier this month, af­ter he had failed to lead the club to a top eight fin­ish this past sea­son.

The team also failed to pro­duce any form of sil­ver­ware in all three knock­out com­pe­ti­tions (MTN8, Telkom Knock­out and the Ned­bank Cup) they were in­volved in this past sea­son, while also cur­rently strug­gling to pro­duce re­sults in their Caf Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup cam­paign.

As it stands, the Rusten­burg-based out­fit are cur­rently bot­tom of their Group B mini-ta­ble with just a sin­gle point from their three out­ings in the sec­ond tier con­ti­nen­tal club knock­out com­pe­ti­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to a source close to the club, Luc Ey­mael, who was forced to re­unite with his for­mer side Polok­wane City by the PSL dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee about two months ago fol­low­ing his move to go and join Bloem­fontein Celtic, was as also in the race.

How­ever, the source re­mained mum as to why Batler seemed to be the favoured op­tion over the Bel­gian-born coach.

“Luc was in the pic­ture but it is But­ler the club seems keen on get­ting for the new sea­son,” the source ex­plained.

“They are just fi­nal­is­ing a few mat­ters and it’s quite clear that he’ll be tak­ing over (from the fired John­son).”

Should those finer de­tails of the con­tract be fi­nalised this week, But­ler will be forced to hit the ground run­ning as Dik­wena are host­ing SFax­ien of Tu­nisia next week Wed­nes­day.

The three-time Caf Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup win­ners handed Dik­wena a 3-0 hind­ing back in Tu­nis, that de­feat count­ing as their sec­ond in their group fix­tures fol­low­ing a drub­bing at Mba­bane Swal­lows. They drew at home with MC Al­ger of Al­ge­ria.

The first thing that But­ler would need to sort out fol­low­ing his ap­point­ment is the de­fence as Dik­wena have been con­ced­ing a whole num­ber of goals in their con­ti­nen­tal club cam­paign.

The North West out­fit suf­fered a 4-2 de­feat against Swal­lows be­fore their draw to MC Al­ger and loss in their tie against Sfax­ien two weeks ago.

But­ler will need to make sure that his side are wa­ter­tight at the back and lethal in the at­tack­ing third in their re­main­ing three Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup group fix­tures if they are to stand any chance of fight­ing for a fin­ish in the top two, which will see them progress into the quar­ter­fi­nal stage.

PETER BUT­LER

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