Platinum Stars chairman Cliff Ramoroa is adamant Cavin Johnson and his men will soar higher.
Dikwena didn’t have an impressive first leg by their standards. The team is currently on position 12 with 14 points on the Absa Premiership. In addition to the league Dikwena will compete in two more competitions – the Nedbank Cup and the CAF Confederation Cup. Ramoroa is confident that Dikwena will give good account of themselves in all competitions.
“I believe that we will definitely move away from the relegation zone and be competitive. There’s improvement due to the few players that we have brought in and the morale has increased. I believe we will move from where we are. Our supporters must be guaranteed that we will do much better. I would like to commend the technical team for the wonderful work that they have done in terms of ensuring that we bring in those players. They are really going to make meaningful impact. I believe that the target that we set is still on in terms of finishing in the top eight. I believe that it’s definitely going to be top eight,” Ramoroa told Platinumstars.com.
Dikwena will kick off their CAF Confederation Cup campaign when they host Mozambican side Uniao Do Songo at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Saturday night. Ramoroa believes the team’s participation will give Johnson’s men a chance to test their skills and amass massive experience on the continent.
“This is a great experience for the club. We are really looking forward to exposing the youngsters to another level of football. It’s also a chance to experience the challenges that we hear of and we are ready for them. We are going to learn and we believe we will go to another level,” said Ramoroa.
Ramoroa is aware that it won’t be a walk in the park for Johnson and his charges, who will have to juggle between domestic and continental duties.
“It won’t be easy. We will have challenges in terms of the depth. We only have close to 32 players. We will do our best. There will be fatigue but we will take each and every game as it comes and we will definitely succeed. I am realistic. We will reach a certain level, a satisfactory level in line with how far we can afford. We acknowledge where we are and also it’s a matter of doing your best in terms of where we are,” he said.
The chairman has sent a message of support to Johnson and his players to do their best on Saturday night. He has also urged supporters to rally behind the team.
“I would like supporters to come and rally behind the team. Their support will go a long way in lifting the coach and the players as they will be out to make us proud,” said Ramoroa.
Kickoff is on Saturday at 8pm.