Platinum Stars captain Vuyo Mere wants to lead Dikwena to victory over Bidvest Wits to atone for the damage caused the last time the two sides met.
Wits were the first team to beat Stars this season. It was a heavy defeat at home when Wits claimed the three points courtesy of 4-0 win. The loss left bitter taste in the mouths of many associated with the club. Mere and his teammates travel to Bidvest Stadium with the hope of restoring their dignity and claiming three points in an Absa Premiership match this Wednesday night.
“We have another difficult game. Obviously Wits owe us. They came here and beat us 4-0. It was our first loss of the season. It was an embarrassing one. They gave us four. We forgot about that result but at the back of our minds we know their strengths. They lost to Bloemfontein Celtic so it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be a tough one for us. We are going to respect them and prepare for them like we do with other games. We want to go out there and win the match,” Mere told Platinumstars.com.
While Stars are on position five with 26 points, Wits are third with 32 points. Both sides need the points to keep up with the teams at the top. Theirs is going to be a fierce fight. Mere says the fact that teams can’t afford to drop points adds a dimension competitiveness and excitement.
“That’s what is interesting about the PSL now. Everybody is looking for points so it makes it competitive for the players and for everybody who is involved. It becomes nicer for the people who are coming to watch. For us, it’s also interesting because you always want to play under pressure. It’s good pressure for us as players. We always want to compete with the best so that we can be called the best,” said Mere, who added that Cavin Johnson’s charges are aiming for a top two finish.
“We are on the process of rebuilding. Since coach Cavin came back he wants us to play this brand of football but at the moment, you can’t concentrate on how we play if we are not getting the results. These two recent wins are going to bring confidence in the team and we can start focusing on trying to finish in the top two in the league.”
Dikwena will be looking for their third consecutive win after beating Kaizer Chiefs and University of Pretoria by 2-1 and 2-0 respectively. Mere says he and his teammates are motivated to do even better when they come up against Wits on Wednesday night.
“The aim of the team is always to do well so three points at home is always a great result. I was happy with the performance of the guys. We all played well. After our win against Chiefs, we showed that it was not a fluke. It’s important for the team to continue playing well and to keep up with the pack at the top,” said Mere after Solomon Mathe and Siyabonga Zulu’s goals amassed three points for Dikwena against Tuks at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday.
Mere has encouraged the club supporters to turn out in numbers in order to inspire Dikwena to victory against Wits.
“Without the supporters, there’s nobody encouraging and pushing you. We always need that extra support. Without their support, we are nothing. We always want them to come and support us,” said Stars skipper.
Kickoff is at 7.30pm