Attack will be the name of the game when Platinum Stars take on Mozambican side Uniao de Songo in the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary fixture at Zimpeto Stadium in Maputo on Saturday evening.
Dikwena lead Uniao by 1-0 courtesy of Robert Ng’ambi’s strike. In the first leg Unioa played defensive but the expectation is that the Mozambicans will play a more open game. The South Africans have no plans of holding back either.
Stars defender Siyabonga Zulu, who was named Man of the Match against Baroka FC midweek, has cautioned against a defensive approach.
“We have to fight because we are playing outside the country. We know what to expect. We have to work hard. Our mission is to attack. We don’t want to defend because if we are defensive, we will lose. We have to attack and continue the way we have been playing,” Zulu tells Platinumstars.com.
The leftback’s sentiments were echoed by his teammate and captain Vuyo Mere. Mere is expecting the hosts to be offensive.
“They won’t be sitting back like they did in Rustenburg. They will come with guns blazing. We are expecting a tough game,” said Mere.
“They are a good side. For them to compete in Confed Cup says a lot about them. When we played them at home, they showed signs of being a good team. They parked the bus the whole game but it’s going to be a different ball game here in Mozambique. They will be looking to get results. We are here to win the game.”
Dikwena coach Cavin Johnson has also indicated that his men will be on attack mode when they play the hosts.
“Coach Cavin and his technical team don’t believe in this thing of defending. They believe the best form of defence is attack. We will play our brand of football,” said Mere, who will be hoping to lead Dikwena in to the next stage of the competition. Kickoff is at 6pm.