Though Platinum Stars suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Vipers Sports Club in Uganda on Saturday, coach Cavin Johnson is adamant Dikwena can overturn the deficit in the second leg of the second round of CAF Confederation Cup next weekend.
Dikwena lost to Vipers in a evenly contested match played at ST Mary’s Stadium in Kitende, Uganda, where Johnson felt the pitch was not up to scratch.
“Thanks to Ugandan people for wonderful atmosphere. It can be a better ground, a lot even. I don’t think the football field is a field for playing this type of competition. For future maybe it will get better. For the support and other things well done to Vipers. They won and we are happy to go home with 1-0. We know back home, we will have a different plan. We will play better football and hopefully we will have a better ref as well,” Johnson told a press conference in Uganda.
Johnson’s men tried their best to search for an equalizer and a winner but it was not to be. Johnson is of the view that with better officiating the outcome would have been different.
“I hope we gave a good game of football to Ugandan people and Vipers as well. I don’t think I fell short on the pitch. I thought the man of the match is the man in yellow. We held the ball, we went forward but when we tried to do something, it stopped. For what it’s worth, I think we had few chances. When we were about to score or take an attempt the whistle went off. We can overcome those things when we are at home,” said Johnson.
Dikwena coach fancies his men’s chances with better pitch and better officiating.
“When you get to South Africa, be prepared to play on a better pitch and better referee. I thought the refereeing was not good but that’s how football is. You win some and you lose some,” said Johnson.
Before the second leg, Dikwena will take on AmaZulu in the Nedbank Cup at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg this coming Wednesday at 7.30pm.