After getting tried and tested, Platinum Stars emerged victorious from a fierce battle against AmaZulu in the Nedbank Cup last 32 clash at Moruleng Stadium on Wednesday night.
Goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela, midfielder Robert Ngambi and forward Henrico Botes scored to help Dikwena to a 3-2 win against AmaZulu. The visitors had taken a 1-0 to the break before Cavin Johnson’s men came back strong in the second half. Elated Johnson hailed his men and the opponents for putting on a great show during the five goal thriller.
“AmaZulu almost shocked us. You can expect these things in cup games. We are just happy to go into the hat. Hopefully we get a nice draw again and we play at home and we will see what happens,” said Johnson.
Johnson would have liked his men to put pedal to metal from the first whistle. However it wasn’t to be as AmaZulu pushed his men on the pitch.
“I thought we should have wrapped the game up in the first half but you go to the first half break being 1-0 down. That’s even worse because you missed more chances. You come out and tell the players what to do tactically and they go on and win the game. Credit should go to AmaZulu as well. They play in the NFD and we play in the PSL but they gave us a run for our money,” said Johnson. Johnson also started the match with South African youth international Kobamelo Kodisang, who had just returned from the CAF Afcon Under-20 in Zambia. Kodisang had a brilliant game.
“I had to bring him into the game to see what the Under-20 qualification has done for him. It matured him a little bit. I am happy for him. We need to give him a run to see what page he is on. He is on a good page. I just hope his head stays where it is,” said Johnson.