Platinum Stars assistant coach Willem Jackson says Dikwena’s precarious position is not a true reflection of the quality of the team.
Dikwena are currently third from bottom on the Absa Premiership table with 16 points. Jackson tells Platinumstars.com that the focus is moving up the table.
“This is not our position. We deserve to be in the top eight. Everyone is fighting to be in the top eight. We have very good players. They can play and attack. At times when we get chances, we miss a little bit but we will get it right in front of goals. Our players are strong, motivated and looking forward to the next game,” said Jackson.
Dikwena will be looking to do better when they come up against Bloemfontein Celtic at the Dr Molemela Stadium this coming Saturday afternoon. Though it’s a match that Dikwena can’t afford to slip up, Jackson says the technical team is not putting players under pressure.
“The coach has spoken to the players to focus on the game. We don’t want to put the players under pressure but in football there’s always pressure. It doesn’t matter whether you are on top, middle or bottom. At the top, there’s pressure because everyone wants to win the league, we are also at bottom and we want to get out of that position. There will be pressure to get out of that situation. Players must just focus and go and do well against Celtic,” said Cavin Johnson’s number two.
Dikwena’s schedule has been hectic due to participation in the CAF Confederation Cup. Jackson says they are managing the players as best as they can in order to get the best out of them.
“We just need to get our minds focused, work hard and go to Bloemfontein and play football. We have to work hard and communicate better on the pitch and focus for 95 minutes. We need to do our best,” said Jackson.
Kickoff is at 3.30pm