Things seem to be taking shape for Platinum Stars and coach Cavin Johnson doesn’t want his men to take their feet off the pedal.
Johnson was on cloud nine when Dikwena beat Chippa United 2-1 in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Friday night. It was great fighting spirit by Johnson’s men, who came from a goal behind to score two with Robert Ng’ambi’s strike leveling matters before Benson Shilongo’s cracker amassed three points for Dikwena. The win was Dikwena’s second of the season in the league at home.
“We have been pushing for a win at home. We need to try and maintain this vein of form that we are in now. The longer we maintain it, the better for us. All we have to do is make sure that we keep the players on their toes and make sure they recover properly in between matches,” said Johnson.
Though Dikwena won by 2-1, Johnson feels the margin should have been high. He bemoaned chances that his players fluffed throughout the match.
“First half wasn’t that great. We gave away possession in the first half and that’s when they scored the goal. We didn’t press then hard enough. We were chasing the game and we came back after half time a much better team. We got the equalizer. We brought in Mkhabela and his first pass was a key pass to make the goal. At 1-1 we were in control. Then Benson hit that cracker. A beautiful build up and then Mabena set Benson up and then he smacked it. That’s how you finish,” said Johnson.
Dikwena’s next assignment is an Absa Premiership clash against Golden Arrows this coming Tuesday. After that Jonson and his men will head to Uganda for CAF Confederation Cup before playing AmaZulu in the Nedbank Cup.
Dikwena are now ninth on the Absa Premiership table with 22 points.