Platinum Stars are going to go all out in search of victory when they lock horns with Baroka FC in the Telkom Knockout last 16 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane this coming Sunday afternoon.
Dikwena coach Cavin Johnson tells Platinumstars.com that preparations for the clash have been intense with his men eager to progress to the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout. Dikwena will also be looking to right their wrongs after Baroka FC beat them by 1-0 in a league match a few weeks ago.
“Preparations have been intense because we lost to them the last time. The players have really been putting in the work. They need to prove why they have to be in the team. They are also fueled by the fact that we lost to Bloemfontein Celtic in our last match. It was not good advert for us as Stars. We need to redeem ourselves. We are all aware of that especially the players and if we are able to do that then we will be okay. We are going out there to put up a good fight and to play our game,” said Johnson.
“We know that in our game against Baroka we were ten times better than them. We have to prove to that. We cannot take any team lightly especially a team in the PSL. A win is going to be a boost for us. We are going to push Baroka as hard as we can. We expect a good fight. We need to get confidence because after that we have two games on the road against Chippa United and Golden Arrows so a win will be very good for us.”
For Johnson and his men to emerge victorious, they have to put on a good show in front of goals, where they have not been effective following three goals in five league matches. The coach says they have been working hard on training to address that scoring problem.
“We address it every training session. It boils down to creating chances and having composure. I don’t think we have composure. We just need to know when to shoot and when to look for something else. It’s just a matter of time before we get it right,” said Johnson.
The former Dikwena head of youth made no secret about his side’s intention to go all the way to glory in the Telkom Knockout.
“We want to win every trophy. It’s always like that. When you start you want to win it. If you can then you must win it,” said Johnson.
Kickoff is at 3pm.