Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson will come up against his former employers
Platinum Stars could pile on the misery for Mamelodi Sundowns this weekend if they complete a victory over the struggling Brazilians.
That would likely spell the end for coach Johan Neeskens, who is under extreme pressure after a run of seven games without a win, five of those lost.
In the opposing dugout on Saturday night will be Cavin Johnson, who served as both head of development and assistant coach at Sundowns in the 2006/07 campaign, the last time they won the League title.
Johnson says he will play attacking football at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, going for the three points, but adds that he derives no pleasure from the current predicament at Sundowns.
“It is a great football club with a great pedigree,” he says. “They try to play attacking football and they have excellent players in their squad. They have their problems, obviously, but we know that it will be a very difficult game.
“A big club like that, and I put them in the same bracket as Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, should not find themselves in the position they do, but this is football, it can be unpredictable.”
Aside from Johnson, Stars also have a number of players in their ranks who have turned out for Sundowns in the past.
Club captain Vuyo Mere made almost 200 starts for the side, while Benson Mhlongo won back-to-back League titles there between 2005 and 2007.
Defenders JJ Mpangase and Elias Ngwepe had unsuccessful spells at Chloorkop before moving on, while winger Thuso Phala suffered a similar fate.
Perhaps that is the reason why Stars have such a good record against Sundowns, especially away from home, in the recent past. They won there 2-1 last season, one of five wins versus just three defeats on the road against The Brazilians.