Not only will Platinum Stars be out to get maximum points this weekend but they will also be looking to improve their home performances.
So far this season Dikwena’s home record has not been impressive with just one win out of four matches. Since beating SuperSport United in the Absa Premiership opener, Cavin Johnson’s men have lost three consecutive matches at home to Chippa United (MTN8), Baroka FC and Bloemfontein Celtic in the league. Johnson’s assistant coach Alan Clark says Dikwena are eager to impress and improve when they host log leaders Bidvest Wits at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace this coming Saturday.
“Wits is one of those teams that was always going to be there. We have seen how good they are. We saw them in the MTN8 with incredible victory over Sundowns. They were incredibly impressive. We are going to have to be at our best. We are going to have to work hard and fight hard. It’s not going to be easy on Saturday night. Let’s hope we can start improving our home performances on Saturday night,” said Clark.
Last season, Wits beat Dikwena 4-0 at home. Clark is confident that the men from North West will account themselves well this time around.
“Last season, we had a bad day at the office against a good team. It’s important that we start on a better note. We learnt lessons along the way from a lot of matches last season and this season. As long as we keep our structure and shape and make sure that we remain competitive throughout the game. It’s not going to be an easy game. We all know Wits have the quality. Other than Sundowns they are the form team,” said Clark.
Clark believes Dikwena’s recent win over Golden Arrows will go a long away in motivating the players to give their all.
“I think our victory away at Arrows has really been important. They were a team that was doing well. In Durban they are never that easy. For us to get a win against them was great. I think it was their first loss of the season at home. It was really an impressive performance,” said Clark.
The former Dikwena head of Academy says they have been working hard in preparations for the Wits game.
“We have really worked hard. We had a couple of friendly games where we tried some tactical things. We have prepared and worked hard. We have to make sure our performance is good. It’s not going to be easy. We have to match them in terms of efforts and hopefully the football gods will smile at us and we can take some points. I hope the fans come out and support us. We need all the support since we are at home,” said Clark.
Kickoff is at 8:15