Roger de Sa's vast experience in the PSL will stand Platinum Stars in good stead. Photo: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN – It hasn’t taken long – Roger de Sa is back in top-flight football.

The former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was appointed as the new coach of Platinum Stars on Friday, with Englishman Peter Butler making way after a poor start to the season.

Butler, the former Botswana national coach, was in charge for just two official matches, both of which ended in defeat – the Absa Premiership opener at home against Maritzburg United (1-0) and the 3-1 loss away to Cape Town City.

Dikwena made a number of signings in the off-season, and following Butler’s departure, they will hope that De Sa’s experience in the PSL will nurture those players into a competitive unit.

The 52-year-old De Sa’s most recent post was at Maritzburg, where he quit after just seven games (one win, one draw and five defeats) at the helm in March due to family commitments in Cape Town, according to a statement from the Team of Choice at the time.

Before that, he was the head coach at Ajax Cape Town from February 2014 until October 2016, having previously coach Orlando Pirates, Wits and Santos.

Platinum Stars at the bottom of the Premiership log, but with just two games gone, the management will bank on De Sa to lead them to a top-eight finish at least.


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