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JOHNSON UPBEAT AHEAD OF URBAN WARRIORS CLASH
JOHNSON UPBEAT AHEAD OF URBAN WARRIORS CLASH
Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson is adamant his charges will put on decent performances and emerge victorious against Ajax Cape Town at the Cape Town Stadium tonight.

Dikwena, who are third on the Absa Premiership table, will want nothing less than three points in order to solidify their position on the log. Johnson tells Platinumstars.com that Dikwena have been working hard ahead of tonight’s clash.

“We are coming here for points. Coming to Ajax we also know that they are looking for points but it’s two teams that can play football so hopefully we are able to cancel each other out in terms of the football. We are coming here to win the game. If we have the right team and the right mentality then for sure we can win the game and lift ourselves up from not being consistent in the Nedbank Cup,” said Johnson.

The last time Dikwena were on the pitch, it ended disappointingly with the team crashing out of the Nedbank Cup after going down 2-1 against Polokwane City. On the day, Dikwena defence was found wanting. Johnson is confident his men will do better tonight. The coach also cautioned against Ajax backlash after Dikwena beat the Urban Warriors by 3-0 at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace last month.

“Defence is one of the key things that we have worked on. Hopefully the defence and the core of the team is able to ensure that they don’t have lapse of concentration and manage things better. Ajax are home so they will want to win because we beat them in the first leg. In Cape Town you play one half with the weather favouring you and one with the conditions against you. Hopefully we can do good. We are looking to get points,” said Johnson.

If anyone in the Dikwena team knows Ajax well is Johnson himself. Johnson spent years at Ajax in various roles. He is well acquainted with the culture of Ajax and he will best know how his men can contain the threat of Roger De Sa’s troops. Johnson says it is of great importance that his men get the lion’s share of possession and dictate terms on the pitch.

“The team that is here is showing good spirit. There is a lot of camaraderie between the players in the camp. Hopefully that is able to take to the pitch.

The biggest thing we need tonight is to be able to manage the time and critical times within the game and make sure we don’t allow Ajax to come at us. We try and keep possession of the ball in order to go at them,” said the former Stars head of youth.

Stars have been out of action since the match against Polokwane. The break has given players time to recuperate and to iron out a few things. Johnson is hopeful things will turn out well in Dikwena’s favour.

“We have been having rest for seven days and we have tried to get back showing players their mistakes. The most important is to make sure we are injury free and we are able to go and do the job tonight,” said Johnson.

Kickoff is at 7.30pm.

Posted: 13-04-2016
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