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Platinum Stars midfielder Tintswalo Tshabalala wants Dikwena to finish the season on a high note.

There are only two matches left before the season ends for Dikwena and Tshabalala tells that he and his teammates have to win both games to tighten their grip and ensure a third place finish which will accord Cavin Johnson’s men an opportunity to play in the CAF Confederation Cup next season. Dikwena will Bloemfontein Celtic at home this coming Wednesday before their final league clash against champions Mamelodi Sundowns in Pretoria. It’s at the final home game where Tshabalala wants Dikwena to emerge victorious so that the supporters can celebrate like they did on several occasions at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.

“It’s a game that we must win because it’s a home game. We have to work hard and win the game. It’s going to be a lovely game for our supporters. They must come in numbers because we are going to win the game. I don’t think it’s going to be a difficult game. I am confident we will get the three points. I am confident because we play as a team. You can look at the way we played against Orlando Pirates and we went to Free State Stars and did the same,” said Tshabalala.

Johnson’s men managed to beat Pirates 2-1 at home and got a 1-1 draw against Stars. Tshabalala says it was a collective effort that made them garner four points. Tshabalala hailed Dikwena’s team work and marksman Ndumiso Mabena, who scored in both games to take his tally in the league to 10 goals.

“Against Stars, we played as a team. We told ourselves that if we don’t get three points, a point for us is a better result because it was an away game. It was tough. It was their home game and there’s no team that wants to lose at home. We tried our level best to try and control the game. Mabena’s presence means a lot to us especially his teammates. He has been there for us and done well for us in many games,” said the man from Chiawelo.

Scorpion, as Tshabalala is fondly known, is a utility player, who has featured at left wing and left back for Dikwena on several occasions. Tshabalala says he is ready to be deployed anywhere whenever Johnson calls.

“As a player you have to be able to play in many positions. Even when the coach says play leftback, winger or striker, you have to be able to deliver. It’s a good advantage for me because any time the coach can call on me to play as a winger or left back. Cavin is a coach, who also plays a father figure role. Around him you are always free. He gives you a free role to enjoy your football,” said the 33-year-old.

Stars will want nothing less than victory against Celtic and Sundowns in order to ward off challenges for a third place finish.

“These last two games are a must win. We have to do well so that we can play in Africa. Most of the guys wish to play in CAF. We are ready. We had a target at the beginning of the season. Our target was to be in the top five so we have done well,” said Tshabalala.

Dikwena’s clash against Celtic on Wednesday is at 7.30pm.

Posted: 08-05-2016
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