Platinum Stars are keen to set the record straight and advance to the next phase of the Nedbank Cup tonight.
Dikwena, who clash with Baroka FC in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Tuesday night, are yet to beat the Limpopo based side. Since the beginning of the season, Dikwena and Baroka have met three times. Baroka won two, in the Absa Premiership and the Telkom Knockout. Another league duel ended in a draw.
Dikwena assistant coach Alan Clark says the men from Rustenburg have to emerge victorious in Polokwane so they can rectify the wrongs committed against Baroka on previous encounters.
“This is an opportunity for us. I think the players are excited. This is a chance for us to set the record straight because we believe that we are a better team and we need to go out and show it against Baroka,” Clark tells Platinumstars.com.
Clark is aware of the threat that Baroka poses. He says Dikwena have to be at their best in order to shrug off the Baroka, who won’t be lacking in confidence after a win over SuperSport United.
“Baroka are a team that keeps fighting till the end. They kept pushing and managed to get draws against Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and they also pulled a win against SuperSport United, who were 19 games unbeaten. They put a lot of effort in their game. There’s lot of energy. I think if we are going to be successful, we are going to have to match that energy. We have got the technical ability but if we don’t match them on what they produce then it’s going to be a difficult night for us,” said Clark.
Clark revealed that Dikwena habour ambitions of lifting high the Nedbank Cup.
“If we can win tonight and win the next three matches, why not. Let’s see how far we can go. It would be wonderful to have our hands on silverware,” said the former head of Stars Academy.
Kickoff is 7.30pm.