Black Leopards - Platinum Stars Preview: Dikwena seek cup form

Cavin Johnson's Platinum Stars will be favourites to progress to the next round of the Nedbank Cup despite their poor cup form this campaign

Xakane, Mabusela, Khoza, Monama
Bobe, Dzaga, Munganga, Manaka
Amidu, Ramagalela

Mhlongo, Mere, Gumede, Tshabalala
Mpeta, Phala, N'gambi, Msomi
Botes, Mkhabela
Platinum Stars and Black Leopards will face off in a Nedbank Cup round of 16 tie on Wednesday night, with Cavin Johnson's side desperate to find some cup form this season.

Johnson's team has not gone further than the second round of the lucrative tournamnet in the last two seasons, and were knocked out in the first round in 2009/10.

Dikwena did not get past the first round of the Telkom Knockout cup earlier this season despite their good league form, losing 2-1 against AmaZulu.

Johnson is confident his team can turn their superb league form into cup success and will be eyeing a second cup victory of the season against a stuttering Black Leopards outfit on Wednesday night.

Dikwena beat Dynamos Giyani 1-0 in the previous round of the tournament, but should face a sterner test in the form of Leopards.

Abel Makhubela's team has struggled to find consistency both on and off the pitch this season and scraped through into the next round of the Nedbank Cup with a 5-4 extra-time victory over a brave Cape Town All Stars team.

However, Leopards will have taken many positives from their last PSL encounter, where they overcame Golden Arrows 2-1 with a vital win.


  • Platinum Stars has been one of the form sides in the PSL this season, with 38 points after 21 games played. 
  • Dikwena's best run in the Nedbank Cup was in 2006/2007 when they got to the semi-finals of the tournament.
  • Black Leopards currently sit in 18th place on the PSL log, merely two points above the relegation zone.
  • Mongezi Bobe scored the winner for Black Leopards in their last encounter against Golden Arrows, the captain's third goal of the season.