Platinum Stars utility player Ryan de Jongh made an impressive comeback with a Man of the Match performance during Dikwena’s 2-2 draw with Highlands Park on Tuesday night.
Prior to Tuesday night, De John had missed close to six matches. However on Tuesday night De Jongh, who can play at various positions, was handed starting berth at rightback. He was solid throughout the match at Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa.
“It’s a good feeling to be back after a long time not playing. It’s been four or five games without playing. To get Man of the Match at right back is a good thing for me. It’s a confidence booster. I want to thank my teammates because without them I couldn’t have done it. It was a difficult game,” De Jongh tells Platinumstars.com.
Dikwena had to fight their way back after going two goals down earlier in the first half. Highlands Park’s two goals came from corner kicks. Mothobi Mvalo and Charlton Mashumaba scored with headers when Dikwena defence was off the mark. However Dikwena would come back. Robert Ng’ambi led the charge by halving the deficit. Siyabonga Zulu had raced down the left and he put in a cross, which Ndumiso Mabena controlled well and fired a left shot that Tapuwa Kapini blocked. However the ball fell kindly for Ng’ambi, who volleyed the ball to the rooftop of the net. The equalizer came courtesy of Benson Shilongo, who was set up one on one with keeper. The Namibian composed himself before firing his shot beyond the reach of Kapini.
“Highlands Park scored two goals in the first half. We replied quickly and we kept our confidence very high. It was a good thing for us. We came with a point and left with a point. So it’s nothing lost and nothing gained. We got our groove back. Hopefully come next year, we will pick up where we left off,” said the man from Westbury, Johannesburg.