Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johns has praised his men’s efforts ahead of their clash with Golden Arrows at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on tonight.
Johnson tells Platinumstars.com that the displays of his charges in recent matches have impressed him. After spending a lot of time in the relegation zone, Dikwena made a leap following good results. Johnson says it boils down to the work his men put in.
“You can’t fault the team for putting in the effort. You can never say I am a winner without effort. We have to give credit to the players. They are putting the effort in the game and they are coming to the party. For me that is very important,” said Johnson.
The efforts saw Dikwena draw against Baroka FC, lose to Mamelodi Sundowns and win against Uniao do Songo in CAF Confederation Cup, Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United. Johnson will be crossing his fingers that Dikwena make the grade at home tonight.
“I hope we continue to do what we done at home in the last two games. It would be great to win again,” said Johnson.
The Dikwena coach knows that it won’t be easy to get a win against Clinton Larsen’s men, who will be high on confidence.
“It’s a difficult game. Arrows is a good team. They won the KZN derby so they will be confident. Arrows have assembled quite a good team. So we have made observation on certain individuals and also the team. Hopefully we have done our homework and come out victorious. We have prepared ourselves very well even though the space is limited. We are happy because we are playing regularly. It makes playing football matches easier. It gives players less time to relax. It means your recovery and preparation have to be shorter, quicker and we are all on our toes during this period,” said Johnson.
Kickoff is at 7.30pm.