Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson wants his men to get off to a great start when their Absa Premiership campaign resumes.
Johnson wants Dikwena players to show up when they lock horn with Orlando Pirates Palace in what is expected to be a tough encounter at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Wednesday night.
“Hopefully players put their winning mentality forward and we do well. I have all the confidence that we will do well if we start well. They know they have got to up their game. They know they have to start from the beginning and not from the second game. They have to start tomorrow night to ensure that they get something out of every game to make sure we move from the bottom position. If we start tomorrow, then we will keep on improving,” Johnson told Platinumstars.com.
“We want to make sure that we try and play better at home and at the same time make sure that we put up a better performance as far as football is concerned. We make sure that we prepare the team and make sure that we get them ready. On the night it’s up to the players to go out there and put in what we have been working on for the last five weeks as far as fitness, mentality and attitude is concerned.”
Dikwena are currently on position 13 with 14 points on the Absa Premiership log. In order to improve their standings and performances, the club has added new signings – Willem Mwedihanga, Gerald Phiri, Abia Nale and Enocent Mkhabela. Johnson has revealed that the new signings are likely to get a run against Pirates.
“For sure you will see them. I always believe that you bring a new signing for his potential and if he is able to show his potential immediately, you give him an opportunity. We really want them to be a part of this team. Hopefully they have pushed hard enough to be a part of the team. They looked like they have gelled with the team. They look like they are willing to fight and hopefully they are bringing something else to the party. Hopefully we start off well against Pirates,” said Johnson.
Johnson has called on Dikwena supporters to rally behind the team on Wednesday night.
“The team is looking good and sharp. We are going out there and we are going to do the best that we can. Hopefully our supporters come in numbers and the stands are fuller than they normally are. We want to play good football,” said Johnson.