“This is the time where we have to turn things around and start with this trophy.”
These are the words of Platinum Stars midfielder Robert Ngami, who says Dikwena have to go all the way to glory in the Nedbank Cup. Dikwena were drawn against National First Division side AmaZulu in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup draw conducted in Johannesburg on Thursday night.
“It’s been years without winning and looking at a team like Platinum Stars, we have been doing well in the league. This is the time that as the players we have to step up for the team and make sure that we bring the glory back to the team,” Nga’mbi told Platinumstars.com.
The Malawian international is aware that the Nedbank Cup is not an easy competition since teams from lower divisions often go on rampage in order to prove a point against top flight teams. Ng’ambi says Dikwena will not take AmaZulu for granted when the two teams meet on a date yet to be determined.
“In the Nedbank Cup, there’s no easy game. All those small teams are hungry and they want to win. For us, we have to up our game and make sure that we perform so we can go through to the next stage. We know AmaZulu, they have played in the PSL before. You know in this cup, there’s no small or big team. We will be prepared for them. It’s good for our confidence that we are playing at home. We have to make sure that we kill them game at home and advance to the next round,” said N’gambi.
Another game Ng’ambi and his teammates will want to kill is next week Wednesday when Dikwena host Orlando Pirates at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace. The midfield maestro is confident Cavin Johnson’s men can emerge victorious.
“We are a side that can beat any team on any time. We have done our preparations well. We have played couple of friendly games and tournaments. We look good at training. We are sharp and I think we forgot what happened in the first round. We have to perform and fight for the team. I think it’s going to be a very tough game but I think we are going to do well. We want to start on a high note,” said Ng’ambi.