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DIKWENA TO FIGHT HARD IN FINAL HURDLE
DIKWENA TO FIGHT HARD IN FINAL HURDLE
Platinum Stars have to win their final Absa Premiership match at all costs.

That’s if Dikwena are to realize their dream of playing in continental competition next season. Stars coach Cavin Johnson says the men from Rustenburg will give their all when they visit the 2015/16 Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville this coming Saturday afternoon.

“We would like to try and cement our position at number three because we want to go to Africa as a club. We want to go out there and try and maintain that position. We have been number three this whole season. We have been floating between position two and five. We have done a lot as a team,” said Johnson tells Platinumstars.com.

A win for Dikwena and a third place finish will guarantee Johnson and his men a place in the next edition of the CAF Confederation Cup. In the first leg, Dikwena and Sundowns played to a goalless draw. Johnson says they will go all out.

“Sundowns will want to get a win to please their crowd but we want to make the third spot is ours. Then we are going to put a better fight than Sundowns on the day. We are going out for a win. In our first game of the season was against Sundowns in Rustenburg, I thought we should have won the game. We drew the game. We are looking to have good competition in Atteridgeville. We will give them all the accolades but on the day we are going to put our best foot forward in order to make it a beautiful game to watch,” said Johnson, whose side is on third position with 47 points.

Johnson says there are few lessons to pick from Sundowns’ run from this season. Consistency in performance and team selection have stood out for Dikwena coach.

“We have to congratulate Pitso Mosimane and his technical team for doing a good job. Sundowns has been the most consistent team in the PSL this season. We all strive to have that type of consistent team selection. Our season has been a little more of a lesson. We have learnt a little bit more in terms of player activities on and off the field. Players performances on the field and in training. With those, we have more that we can take to next season,” said Johnson.

Johnson believes the challenges that Stars encountered this season will go a long way in shaping Dikwena to be a better and competitive side next season.

“We have had good games and bad games. We had had some loss of form. We have gone through a lot of things that a team should go through. We have gone through ups and downs as players and ups and downs with the consistency of the team. Players not performing at their best and some players performing better than others. We have had a mixture of lot of things and we are happy that has happened. Most importantly we are happy that we have stayed in the top the whole season. That comes with a lot of consistency from the team,” said the former Stars head of youth.

Johnson wants his men to triumph over Sundowns as a sign of gratitude to the everyone that is involved at the club – from the board of directors to the die hard supporters.

“We should thank the fans for attending our games and especially those who travelled. They should come out in numbers in the new season. We would like to thank the backroom staff that have done a great job this season. Thanks to chairman and board of directors, who have given us an opportunity to run this team. Thanks to the players too. We are going to do our best. A win will be a perfect thank you,” said Johnson.

Kickoff is at 3pm.

Posted: 18-05-2016
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