Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson and his captain Vuyo Mere felt Dikwena were unlucky not to away with maximum points following a goalless draw against Orlando Pirates at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Wednesday night.
Dikwena wasted a lot of chances on the night where they had Pirates on the back foot. Mere, Robert Ng’ambi, Ndumiso Mabena and Bongi Ntuli were guilty of squandering clear cut chances that could have garnered Dikwena maximum points. Johnson says it was a matter of luck, its lack thereof.
“My team should have gone home with the three points. It’s unlucky for my players. I thought they really put in a good shift. Of the both teams, I think we were the unluckier one,” said Johnson.
His sentiments were echoed by Mere, who walked away with Man of the Match accolade.
“It was a tough game. We always expected a tough game from a tough team. We had better chances and we should have buried them. We are just happy with a point. We didn’t concede so that’s a positive that we can take,” said Mere.
Dikwena did well defensively taming Bucs dangerman Tendai Ndoro, who didn’t have much of the ball. Dikwena’s central parrying of Sphamandla Mlilo and debutant Willem Mwedihanga stood resolute for the better part of the game. Mere was impressed by the defence.
“In the first leg of the league, we conceded silly goals, school boy errors. Now we have fixed things. As long as we are tight at the back, I don’t see us losing any more games,” said Mere.
Three of Dikwena’s four signings had a run on the night. Mwedihanga and Gerald Phiri started with the match while Abia Nale was introduced towards the end of the match. Mere was pleased with the debutants.
“I would like to congratulate Phiri and Willem. They fitted well in the team. Nale also did well. I think they are going to help us. I think now we know what to do,” said the confident skipper.
Dikwena’s next assignment is the CAF Confederation Cup clash against Mozambican side Uniao Do Songo at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Saturday night.