Despite Platinum Stars trailing in the CAF Confederation Cup, coach Cavin Johnson is adamant his men can still go through to the next stage of the tournament.
Dikwena were subjected to a 2-0 defeat at the hands on Ivory Coast outfit AS Tanda in the CAF Confederation Cup first leg play-offs at Stade Robert Champroux in Abidjan on Sunday afternoon. Dikwena went 1-0 after 20 minutes when the hosts took the lead from the penalty spot. The Ivoirians added another goal with eight minutes from time in the second half. Despite the loss, Johnson believes his charges can overturn the deficit in the second leg.
“I thought the penalty the referee gave was very cheap. I could blow for a penalty like that as well. We have to thank AS Tanda for giving us a good game. I think in South Africa we have a nice chance to come back. The second goal we didn’t do too well. We will fix all our errors and we will come back. We will give them a good game in South Africa,” said Johnson.
Dikwena will host AS Tanda in the second leg of the CAF Confed Cup playoff at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Sunday, April 16 in the afternoon. Johnson is aware of the danger that the visitors will pose. However Johnson is confident that his men will thwart the danger.
“AS Tanda is a good team. They like to play long balls. They always play to number 9 and number 10. They hold the ball well and they are quick but I think in South Africa we will be able to contain them and we will give them a good game,” said Johnson.
Before hosting AS Tanda, Dikwena will host Cape Town City at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in the Absa Premiership this coming Thursday.