Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson says Dikwena have done their home work on Ugandan side Vipers Sports Club, whom they meet in the second round of the CAF Confederation Cup first leg at ST. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende, Uganda this coming Saturday.
“We are going out there and to do our best. We are going to play the best football as we can and try display the best brand for South African football going forward. As far as preparations are concerned, we looked at a lot of their games. They have also changed their coach a few days ago. They have got a new coach. We don’t if they are going to respond positively. We are ready as a team. You can always expect when you go to Uganda a difficult game. They are tall and strong,” Johnson tells Platinumstars.com
The clash happens at the time where Dikwena seems to have regained their form in the PSL. Johnson’s men have leapt from 14 to eighth position in recent matches. In CAF Dikwena have done well in the first round of the preliminary stages. They beat Mozambican side Uniao do Songo 2-0 on aggregate. With impressive wins in the PSL, Johnson’s will not be short on confidence.
“We are not looking at CAF, PSL or Nedbank Cup. We are looking at it as a team that has to do well. Whatever comes our way, we have got to put our best foot forward,” said Johnson who adds that Dikwena have to keep their feet on the ground.
“We have information on our opponents. We know who their key players are, where they play and how they play. It’s not like they are a closed book. We are just going to take them with our technical ability our opponents. We are prepared. We beat the Mozambicans but we mustn’t get carried away with the Ugandans. We have to take each game as a final. That’s what we are trying to do. Each game has to be taken serious from our side.”
Dikwena will depart on Friday, play on Saturday and return on Sunday.
Kickoff is at 3pm.