Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson believes mental resilience will see Dikwena emerge victorious in their CAF Confederation Cup encounter in Mozambique this evening.
Johnson’s men lead their opponents Unioa do Songo by 1-0 from the first leg of this Confederation Cup preliminary fixture. Malawian international Robert Ng’ambi scored the only goal in Rustenburg. Johnson wants Ng’ambi and his teammates to be in mentally strong state to withstand the threats of the Mozambicans, who they face at Zimpeto Stadium in Maputo at 6pm.
“If I have N’gambi, Mabena, Ntuli, my leftback and rightback in better condition mentally, they will win the game for us,” Johnson tells Platinumstars.com.
Johnson has taken to Mozambique a team mixed with experience and youth. Some players, Ng’ambi, Mere, Mabena, Zulu, Tshabalala boast experience of playing on the African continent in different competitions while youngsters such as Mike Mabule, Gift Links and others are relatively new to continental football. Johnson says his men are burning with desire to make a mark.
“The desire is unlimited. There are a lot of players that have played in Africa before and there’s a lot that haven’t played in Africa before. It’s a mixture of both. For me as coach and head of the technical team my desire is to go beyond this stage of the tournament,” said Johnson.
For Johnson and his men to go further, they have to be on top of their game offensively and defensively. Johnson says they have done their home work on the opponents. He is expecting them to attack than defend like they did in Rustenburg.
“We are aware of individual technical qualities in their team. We can sort of try and block but I doubt they will play the same way like they did in Rustenburg. They are one goal behind and we need one goal so therefore we expect a different team, an attacking team. They showed in one moment that they can be quick, speedy and technically not bad. We are prepared for that,” said Johnson, who added his men will go on attack.
“At the same time, we are not normally a defending team. We are an attacking team. If they attack us and we attack them, it’s bound to be an open game. They will leave spaces and then it becomes more of a football match. We want to win. That’s what we are going for.”
Kickoff is at 6pm.