Despite the absence of seasoned campaigners Robert Ng’ambi and Vuyo Mere, Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson is confident Dikwena can do well against Bidvest Wits at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Saturday night.
“Vuyo and Robert are still holding injuries from the game against Golden Arrows. They won’t be taking part in Saturday night’s match. We have more than enough confidence in whoever comes in to play,” Johnson told Platinumstars.com.
Johnson wants his men to give their best against Wits, who are currently at the summit of the Absa Premiership table. Dikwena will be motivated by the need to improve their performances in front of home crowd. So far this season Dikwena have lost three consecutive matches at home to Chippa United (MTN8), Baroka FC and Bloemfontein Celtic in the league. They won one against SuperSport United during the league opener.
“A big factor for us is that we have not been doing well at home. We would like to change that. We got points in our away games and we would like to bring that effort and mentality into the game. Hopefully we are able to get something out of the game. We haven’t started well. In this stage we find ourselves coming back from two hard fought games, where we got four points from Chippa United and Golden Arrows. We have done our preparations. The players are looking good,” said Johnson.
Johnson and his men are bracing themselves for torrid time against Gavin Hunt’s charges. Johnson knows that Dikwena have to be at their best in order to get maximum points against the visitors.
“Wits are one of the in-form teams so far. They have invested in a lot of quality players. In the league they play good football. They are number one on the log. For us the fact that they are number means it is definitely going to be a good game. We are going to put our best foot forward and hopefully we can come out with something. We will do as best as we can. Tactically we have arranged ourselves how we can play attacking wise and defensively also nullify all the attacks from Wits,” said Johnson.
Kickoff is at 8.15pm