Platinum Stars will give nothing less than the best when they take on AS Tanda in Ivory Coast this coming Sunday.
Dikwena are involved in three competitions – the Absa premiership, the Nedbank Cup and the CAF Confederation Cup. As the team progresses in these competitions, the demands are also mounting. However despite the challenges on and off the pitch, Stars general manager Senzo Mazingiza says Dikwena aim to make impact in all competitions.
“In every match that we play we give more than 100 percent. This thing of prioritizing a particular match or competition doesn’t apply to us. We honour fixtures with good displays. We signed players and they are expected to give their best always. Our concern is just the workload and the travelling. It’s a challenge to the technical team to shuffle and manage the players. We have to give credit to the coach and his technical team because they are managing very well,” Mazingiza tells Platinumstars.com.
Dikwena have been on the road for a number of days with away games in all competitions. Mazingiza says the team’s preparations had to be on point.
“We have been on the road since Friday. We left for Johannesburg on Friday to play Bidvest Wits, slept over and left for Polokwane on Sunday. From playing Baroka FC in Polokwane, it was back to Johannesburg and off Abijan via Nairobi. We left South Africa early because of flights availability. If we didn’t get a flight on Wednesday, we might have missed the match. We also wanted to acclimatize and train at the venue before the match. There’s a lot of travelling and costs involved but we signed up for this. It’s great experience and exposure to our team, on and off the pitch,” said Mazingiza.
Cavin Johnson and his men, who arrived in Ivory Coast on Thursday, will be eager to overcome Tanda in the first leg of the CAF Confederations Cup play-offs at Stade Robert Camproux in Abijan this Sunday at 5pm. Mazingiza says the aim is to go far in the competition.
“We are confident that players will give their best. We don’t give up. We go all the way. Who said we can’t go far. We want to go to group stages and knockout stages. We want to make impact. For the coach and players, it’s great experience that they can’t buy. We are excited that we are playing in three competitions. Ours is to continue to support the coach and the players,” said Mazingiza.
Kickoff is at 5pm.