Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson was on cloud nine after guiding Dikwena to their first ever CAF Confederation Cup group stages qualification over the weekend.
Johnson watched his side overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg of the CAF Confed Cup play-offs to advance to the next stage of the CAF competition. Dikwena beat Ivory Coast side AS TAnda 2-0 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday afternoon to force the two legged tie into penalties, where the South Africans won 5-4. Johnson was delighted with the side qualifying for the group stages.
I am very happy. It's good for the players. I have always said that if you go to group stages, it gives you more games, more experience. It gives the youngsters a chance to travel and see what Africa is like and to appreciate what South Africa is like,” said Johnson.
It was Benson Shilongo's penalty in the first and Robert Ng'ambi's second half strike that paved a way for Dikwena's victory. Johnson revealed that he was always confident that his men can beat the Ivoirians.
Observing the team we were up against in Ivory Coast, we knew we stand a chance in South Africa if we held the ball better. If we were able to get into the box, we knew we would score. We told players to hold the ball in the box because they look jittery in the box. They just kick. That's how we got a penalty with Mabena. The second goal, we also held the ball well, said Johnson.
Johnson will be hoping that his men put on the same fighting spirit when they take on Polokwane City in the Absa Premiership at Peter Mokaba Stadium this coming Wednesday evening.
“We know where we are in the league. We know that we need the points. We know that we have to go to Polokwane and put in a very good shift. We are going to push harder and get maximum points. We are always pushing to go higher on the log,” said Johnson.
Kickoff is at 7:30pm.