Goal.com spoke with Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson ahead of their crucial match against Pirates at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night
Johnson said he expects his players to perform with more enthusiasm, because Pirates will not want to drop the standard of football that they have been displaying in recent weeks.
“We are not going to change our approach. We approach every game the same way, and that is why we have been playing well. I want my players to play with enthusiasm tonight, because we are number 3 (on the log),” Johnson told Goal.com.
Johnson will go into Pirates’ game without suspended Henrico Botes, who has been the pillar of strength in the striking department of Dikwena, but Johnson believes that the absence of Botes wouldn’t affect their game plan, and that he will give younger players a chance to prove themselves in Botes’ position.
“He’s been one of our best players this season, but I don’t think his absence will affect the team. I believe it will be a chance to give young players playing in his position, a chance to prove themselves,” he said.
Dikwena have found the going tough against Pirates, and they lost 1-0 to Bucs in the first round, but Johnson believes that they didn’t deserve to lose against Pirates.
“Look, for me that was a soft penalty, and I think we deserved a point from that match, but it’s all water under the bridge now, as we are looking to do better this time around,” he said.
With Pirates’ 5-0 win over Djabal in the Caf champions league, Johnson admitted that Pirates are capable of scoring five goals against any other team, but he concedes that his team is also capable of scoring goals at the any given time.
“It was a different competition. Yes, they scored five goals, and they can score five goals against any team in the PSL, but we are also capable of scoring goals too. So I am not worried at all,” added Johnson.