Platinum Stars players will go into the Nedbank Cup last 16 with vengeance on their minds.
This is after Dikwena were drawn against Baroka FC during the Nedbank Cup last 16 draw conducted on Thursday evening. In Baroka, Dikwena meet a side that has given them tough so far this season. They have met three times with Baroka winning two and the other duel ending in a stalemate. Dikwena midfielder Sibusiso Msomi, who was at the draw, says Dikwena have to do better this time around.
“It’s revenge against Baroka because they beat us twice this season. We have to go there to fight and come back with a win,” said Msomi.
Msomi says Baroka’s previous triumphs at the expense of Dikwena were due to lapse of concentration on the part of Cavin Johnson’s men. The midfielder is confident that Dikwena can progress to the next stage of the tournament.
“We played well but we make a lot of mistakes and we conceded a lot of silly goals against Baroka. Now we are doing well in the CAF and the league and I am certain we will win. We just have to play our normal game and we will see,” said Msomi.
Before taking on Baroka, Msomi and his teammates have a crucial clash against Ugandan side Vipers SC, whom they meet in the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup second round at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace this coming Saturday. In the first leg, played in Uganda, Vipers SC won the clash by 1-0. Msomi is adamant Dikwena will overturn the deficit.
“In Uganda the field was not okay but now we are playing at home. We have to up our game. We have to at least get two goals and not concede then we will be okay. We don’t have to take anything for granted. We have to pull up our socks and we have to win. It’s nice to play CAF,” said the central midfielder.
“I am happy now that we are playing in CAF, the league and Nedbank Cup. It’s a good thing for us. The coach is always pushing us. We are not training hard. We do a lot of recovery that’s why we are always on track,” said Msomi.
The match kicks off at 8pm.