Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson has stressed to his charges to treat AmaZulu as their equals when the two sides meet in the Nedbank Cup last 32 clash at Moruleng Stadium on Wednesday night.
“These are your direct competitors. You have got to treat them with all the respect but on the field of play we give them no respect. For us on the field of play they are exactly as we are. We have to up our game even as we have been doing in our last few matches. Our game was at high level against Golden Arrows and Chippa United. We have got to maintain that tomorrow night,” Johnson tells Platinumstars.com.
“We have to be on our toes. We have to be as best prepared as we can. We go to the game treating it as a PSL game. We are not looking as AmaZulu as a National First Division team. We look at them as our counterparts.”
Johnson says there’s no way his players will take AmaZulu lightly as the standard of teams in the lower leagues has improved.
“I have watched the matches that were on TV. They were all good matches. The level of the lower teams to push the PSL teams has improved. AmaZulu have got good players. They have Siyabonga Nomvete, who doesn’t seem to age. They have Mabhuti Khanyeza. These are two players with experience. They have also signed Ovidy Karuru. They are a good team. They have experienced players in the team who can take them to another level. We have to be at our best,” said Johnson.
Dikwena are keen to go all the way in the Nedbank Cup. However Johnson says they will take it one game at a time.
“We want to take it one game at a time. Every game we are able to go past, we will put an extra effort. We are concentrating on AmaZulu and we want to put as much effort as we can to go to the next game,” said Johnson.
“Please come out and support us. Moruleng Stadium is not a big stadium. It’s a nice stadium. We normally get a good crowd there. We urge Dikwena to come out in numbers and rally behind the team.”
Kickoff is at 7.30pm.