After Platinum Stars advanced to the next stage of the CAF Confederation Cup, courtesy of a 3-2 aggregate win over Vipers SC, coach Cavin Johnson sang the praises of his players and backroom staff.
“Credit must go to the players for trying their utmost. To go to the next round, the players are excited. I think the club should be proud of the players. Most importantly we should be proud of our backroom staff as well.
To get where we are, it was also things behind the football because we have been playing three competitions – Nedbank Cup, PSL, and CAF. To have players that are fresh in the last two months, we have to give credit to the people that do work behind the scenes. We must also applaud the players who stick to the training regime outside and inside of football,” said Johnson.
Jonhson’s men journey in the CAF Confed Cup saw them shrug off Mozambican side Uniao Do Songo and Uganda’s Vipers over two legs. On Saturday night, Dikwena, who had lost 1-0 to Vipers SC in the first leg, fought hard to overturn the deficit by winning 3-1 at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace. Goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela scored a brace from the penalty spot while Ndumiso Mabena scored another goal to ensure that Dikwena advance to the CAF Confed Cup playoffs.
Recently things have been going the way of Dikwena, who have made significant movement on the Absa Premiership table. They are also in the Nedbank Cup and the CAF Confed Cup. Johnson has hailed his players’ discipline for change in fortunes. .
“Sometimes you might train hard and the players don’t go to sleep and things like that. However all our players have been disciplined as far as our calendar is concerned. We are lucky because it also shows a change of fortune from 2016 to 2017. We are happy to be in the next round,” said Johnson.
Dikwena’s opponents in the CAF Confed Cup are yet to be known.