Butler ready to compete


Stars on Wednesday confirmed the signings of Thabang Sesinyi, Sibongakonke Mbatha, Dino Visser, Sibusiso Mthethwa, Lehlogonolo Masalesa, Katlego Otladisa, Luvolwethu Mpeta, Enocent Mkhabela, Maboke Matlakala, Thembelani Matlawe and Brian Mwila.

Butler, who will start his job as Stars head coach on Sunday against Maritzburg United, also said that his mandate was to make sure that the team is in the top eight.

“I think the mandate is plain and simple. I think the mandate is to be as competitive as possible as you can. We would love to finish in the top eight – anything better than that will be icing on the cake,” said Butler in Phokeng on Wednesday.

“I think [also] we have to be realistic as we don’t have the budget and we don’t have the spending power like the other bigger teams. We are not shopping at Woolworths, we only shopping at Pick ‘n Pay or something like that. We’ve got to be creative in terms of the players that we bring in.”

Butler also said he was involved in the team’s selection of new players, but focuses on the team and lets CEO Cliff Ramoroa deal with new additions.

“Sesi [Thabang Sesinyi] was my opinion, but I’ve not had a great deal of involvement if I’m being honesty with you. But we work together [with management].

“We’ve not been in the market for a lot of the big players, but I think bringing ‘Vieira’ [Lehlogonolo Masalesa] was great with his experience.

"And I think also some of the young lads that have come through will have to earn the stripes, they’ll have to step up and step up quickly. But in terms of signing [players], that’s the CEO, but I do give my opinion on things.”