Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson wants Dikwena to maintain their latest from.
Dikwena are on high following impressive displays in their last match – a 4-0 hammering of Cape Town City in the Absa Premiership. The triumph lifted Dikwena to 12th position on the log. Johnson wants his men to climb further high. Johnsons is targeting three points against Maritzburg United when Dikwena clash with the KwaZulu Natal side at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace this coming Saturday, December 17.
Johnson tells Platinumstars.com that he and his charges are expecting a tough match from the men under the tutelage of Fadlu Davids.
“It‘s going to be an interesting game. It’s that time of the year. Everybody is pushing. It’s hard. They come off a good win from Orlando Pirates. It’s going to be a difficult side. We have to take note of Maritzburg and see how it goes. We were not able to score goals in our last games. It’s not that we were playing bad it’s just that we were not scoring goals. Against Cape Town City we were able to score and it just showed that we were able to play a brand of football that we were playing all along. We have got to push a bit harder in order to maintain that mentality,” said Johnson.
The recent win, necessitated by goals from Isaac Nhlapo, Tintswalo Tshabalala, Ndumiso Mabena and Bonginkosi Ntuli, has buoyed the players. With morale on high, they will be keen to register an elusive win in front of home crowds.
“We have to do well at home. We will push for it,” said Johnson, whose side is left with two matches before the Christmas break. “If we are able to get all the six points then it is merry Christmas for us. It will be a job well done to finish up with wins.”
Goals have been a challenge for Dikwena this season. Johnson was delight to see his men put four past Cape Town City. In that match Mabena and Ntuli were on the score sheet.
“Mabena was one of the consistent players last year. This year he hasn’t hit form in the right time. Hopefully the performance against Cape Town City will up his mentality and ability. Ntuli has come back from an injury. We sent him to the MDC and he scored three goals. He looks to be like almost back into the fold of things. Ntuli is a fighter. Hopefully right through the next part of the season, he gives us options,” said Johnson.
Kickoff is at 3.30pm