Bush Bucks awaiting play-off hearing


On Monday, an arbitrator will decide whether the runners-up from the nine regional leagues will be allowed to participate in the playoffs.

Earlier, a Safa letter had been circulated without proper authorisation, which stated that the nine runners-up teams would join the nine regional champions at the playoffs – which was later overturned by the national body.

“Bush Bucks only lost one match in the Eastern Cape Vodacom League all season and it will be a bitter pill to swallow if Matatiele Professionals are allowed to play and manage to gain promotion ahead of our club at the week-long tournament,” said Dixon, referring to the fact in the past only the champions from each province were accommodated at the playoffs.

Last season, Dixon, a former Bush Bucks goalkeeping legend, coached the franchise then known as Lion City to a third-place finish at the Vodacom League National play-offs held in QwaQwa in the Free State.

Bush Bucks will rely on the likes of central midfielder Mznani Mgwigwi and utility player Tulani Sisulu, both of whom represented Bush Bucks in their days in the Premiership, to play key roles for the team at the play-offs.

“We are going to the playoffs to score goals, so read into that what you like as far as our playing formation is concerned,” said Dixon.