After taking his men through their paces on the first day at training following the Christmas break, Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson has expressed confidence on his side doing better.
Johnson and his men had been on recess for two weeks. On Tuesday, Dikwena players had their first training session under the watchful eye of Johnson.
“Everybody looks like we are ready to go,” Jonson tells PlatinumStars.com. It will be almost three weeks before Dikwena take on Orlando Pirates in first competitive match of the year. This is due to the Africa Cup of Nations break. Johnson has welcomed the break as a blessing in disguise.
“With Afcon break, it gives you a preseason. We are able to do some things positively,” said Johnson, who gave an account on the team’s activities on day 1.
“We concentrated on checking their weight and checking the percentage of fat and things like that. Then we went to the field and played football. What a better way to introduce someone to the game they love than playing football. There was no jogging or sprinting and cross country running. We played football to loosen up, to get stronger and get the playing better. They have got to be football fit and not athletic fit. To get match level fitness, there’s got to be football,” said Johnson.
In addition to the PSL, Dikwena will be participating in the CAF Confederation Cup. Johnson says it’s vital to create balance between improving in the PSL and making a mark on the continent.
“We have got to be careful at how we do it because we have got to improve our positing at home in the PSL. We also want to go to CAF Confederation Cup and prove ourselves there. We have a lot of planning and thinking going on behind the scenes,” said Johnson.
The Dikwena coach also revealed that the club will take part in a few tournaments and a minicamp in preparation for the second round and the CAF competition.