Though Platinum Stars shared spoils with Maritzburg United, coach Cavin Johnson was happy.
Johnson’s happiness emanated from two things – that Dikwena got a point and that they didn’t capitulate at home. Prior to the match Dikwena’s home record read one win and six consecutive losses.
“I think we are happy. We at least broke the bad luck on this field. We didn’t go down with a loss. We got one point. For the better part of the game, we could have scored some goals. They could have scored one. They missed one chance and for the rest of the game they were defending. They took off attackers for defenders. They were closing off the game. We are happy for the boys. We wanted the three points. First half we played okay. Second half we put in Henrico Botes and Bongi Ntuli to add more to our attack,” said Johnson.
During the goalless affair, Dikwena were defensively organized in that they limited Maritzburg to minimal chances. Dikwena were firing from all angles. Botes, who came in as a sub for Mike Mabule, saw two of his well struck shots sail just over the bar. Robert Ngambi saw his leftfooted shot rattle the upright.
For his efforts at the back, defender Isaac Nhlapo, who scored in Dikwena’s 4-0 over Cape Town City, was awarded Man of the Match accolade. The defender was delighted.
“We wanted to win at all costs. We just take the one point. We were hoping to win the game and unfortunately it didn’t happen. It’s football,” said Nhlapo.
Even though Dikwena managed just a point, the result is likely to motivate the players since they have managed four points from a possible six in the last two matches. Dikwena have now managed 13 points from 13 matches.
Dikwena’s last match of this year is against Highlands Park, whom they meet at Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa this coming Tuesday night.
Kickoff is at 7.30pm.