Attack will be the name of the game when Platinum Stars lock horns with Ivory Coast side AS Tanda in the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup play-offs at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace this Sunday afternoon.
Dikwena coach Cavin Johnson tells Platinumstars.com that he will field an attacking team in order to overturn the 2-0 they suffered at the hands of AS Tanda in Abidjan last weekend.
\"I am going to change the formation a little bit and put more attackers from the start. I am not going to be cautious. You have got to throw everything at them. We are going to put as many attackers on the field in order to gain the advantage by scoring the goals early,\" said Johnson.
\"I think it\'s an uphill battle. The Ivoirians will come here and try to defend because they have a 2-0 lead. We could have come away with 1-0 but tactical awareness and time allowed them to score the second goal. The players know that they have got a major hill to climb tomorrow but I think we can do it. Hopefully we can do it at home.\"
Midweek Dikwena lost 4-2 to Cape Town City in the Absa Premiership. Johnson says his men have to shrug off the loss by doing well against Tanda.
\"When they go into the game, they will have to beat themselves out of the slump. The attitude looks improved. They need to wake up from the Cape Town City loss,\" said Johnson.
Johnson is banking on the desire to go further in the Confed Cup to spur his men on against Tanda.
\"Given the travelling experience, the exposure and opportunities on the African continent, I am sure that a lot of them, if not all of them, want to go to the next stage,\" said Johnson, who called on Dikwena supporters and the rest of the country to rally behind his men on Sunday.
\"We would like South Africans to come out in their numbers to support us. At the same time, we wish them Happy Easters. We appeal to them to please stay alert and safe on the roads,\" said Johnson.
Kickoff is at 3pm.