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Dikwena take the fight to continental competition
Dikwena take the fight to continental competition
Buoyed by domestic resurgence, Platinum Stars will look to continue their impressive run on the African continent.

Dikwena will host Algerian side MC Alger in the CAF Confederation Cup at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace this coming Sunday. It will be the first time that Dikwena participate in the group stages of a CAF competition. Dikwena coach Cavin Johnson and his men will be full of confidence following good run in their last three matches where they managed to get five points from a possible nine in the Absa Premiership.

“We would like to continue in CAF. Being in the group stages is complete different competition because it’s home and away and you get points. You can plan a little bit better within this competition. Hopefully we are hoping to do that especially now that we have a lot of games to play,” Johnson tells Platinumstars.com.

Though Dikwena’s opponents may be a closed book to the hosts, Johnson has revealed that they have been doing some homework on the team from north Africa.

“We have a few videos of them. We are analyzing the videos. They are a good team. They haven’t lost in the last five games. They are number two on the log in Algeria. They play over the top type of football. We have got to be careful of them as you know north Africans are technically very good. We have to contain them and sneak a goal or two in order to use the home advantage,” said Johnson.

Despite the challenges such as fatigue and injuries, Johnson says Dikwena will do all within their power to ensure that they get desired results.

“We didn’t fight to get to this part of the tournament for nothing. We are going to make sure that our players are at their best even though it’s going to be difficult. We are going to try our best to make sure that they keep up the momentum,” said Johnson.

The Dikwena coach called on the club supporters and the rest of South Africa to rally behind the team as they plan to raise the country’s flag high.
“To Dikwena supporters, people of Phokeng and the whole of South Africa, please come out and support because we know that when we go to Algeria, the stadium is going to be full. Let’s show that as South Africa, we also can do that,” pleaded Johnson.

Kickoff is at 5pm.


Posted: 12-05-2017
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