Platinum Stars may have gotten off to a great start in the CAF Confederation Cup on Saturday night but coach Cavin Johnson reacted with mixed feelings.
Dikwena’s 1-0 win over Mozambican side Unioa Do Songo at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace left Johnson happy with a win but also disappointed with the tactics of the opponents.
“We should have scored a lot of goals. We had a lot of chances but we couldn’t put them away. We tried to play football and they didn’t try to play football. They tried to defend and play on counter,” Johnson tells Platinumstars.com.
“Somebody created this methodology in world football and it stuck. It’s ugly. You sit back and defend and wait to beat people on counter attack. That’s not football. It’s like you only have drummers in music. There’s nobody singing or nobody playing the guitar. It doesn’t go well because you don’t know who you are playing against. They are not coming at you. That’s not a good advert for football. People can argue with me and says it’s tactics but we have developed a wrong mentality.”
Johnson says Dikwena will go on attack in the second leg to be played in Mozambique next weekend.
“We are happy we got the results. We will go to Mozambique and we will attack them. I believe that they are a team, when playing football, they will leave spaces open and we will be able to score. We will fight to maintain the 1-0 lead but to be ultra defensive is not us. I want to go to the next round knowing that we played the Platinum Stars philosophy,” said Johnson.
But before going to Mozambique, Johnson and his men have to play Baroka FC at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Wednesday night. Johnson says Dikwena will give their best to overcome Baroka.
“It won’t be easy. The top is very tight and the bottom is even tighter. We are going to have to fight to make sure that we come away with the points,” said Johnson.
Kickoff is at 7.30pm