After putting Cape Town City FC to sword, Platinum Stars captain Vuyo Mere declared “we are capable of achieving more”.
Mere walked away with the Man of the Match accolade when Dikwena subjected log leaders Cape Town City FC to 4-0 annihilation at the Athlone Stadium on Tuesday night. Isaac Nhlapo, Tintswalo Tshabalala, Bonginkosi Ntuli and Ndumiso Mabena were on the scoresheet as Cavin Johnson’s men recorded a vital victory. Before the win, Dikwena were third from bottom but the win sees them move to position 11 on the Absa Premiership table. Mere hailed Johnson and his technical team for the impressive victory against the Telkom Knockout champions.
“I want to thank the man upstairs for the opportunity granted. We have been grinding and grinding not getting results. It has been unfair for the technical stuff but we know that we are capable of achieving more things. We have done this before. As players we put ourselves in this hole. So it’s about time we pull ourselves out. I think credit must go to the technical team for not giving up on us. They deserve this victory. I think it belongs to them,” said Mere.
Johnson’s men went into the game with determination. Defender Isaac Nhlapo opened the scoring with a diving header to guide Ndumiso Mabena’s cross beyond the reach of Shu-Aib Walters in the fifth minute. Six minutes later Mabena was the provider for Dikwena’s second goal, another diving header by Tshabalala. In the second half, Dikwena would go on to add two more goals. Striker Ntuli rounded keeper Walters to score his first goal of the season. Outstanding Mabena hammered the final nail in the coffin by coolly beating Walters from Tshabala’s cross.
Mere says they had to fight tooth and nail to improve the situation.
“With the talent that we have it was unbelievable to find ourselves in this position. Everything happens for a reason. We had to realize that we are playing with our jobs. If we lose this status the people that we support are going to suffer. It’s about time we get out of this hole and be where we deserve to be,” said Mere.
Johnson was equally delighted with victory.
“I think the boys put in a good shift. At moments we outfoxed them and that’s what football is about. We are happy. Hope the players are able to pick up from here and carry on,” said Johnson.
Dikwena’s next assignment is against Maritzburg United at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Saturday, December 17.