Johnson ready for Algeria’s MC Algers in Confed Cup group stage opener

Dikwena will for the first time play in the group stages of a continental competition, and Johnson tells Goal that they are ready for MC Alger

Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson is aware of the challenge that lies ahead as they prepare to take on the North African opponents, but he has urged his charges to put their best foot forward at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

“It will be a difficult game. We have watched a few of their games on video. We have seen how they play. They are a typical North African team - very good technically and tactically. So, we expect them to come here with a good game plan,” Johnson told Goal.

Dikwena are in the same group with Swaziland’s Mbabane Swallows, who are also making their group stage debut as well as Tunisian outfit CS Sfaxien.

“Now it’s the group stages. Only the top two goes through. So, we have got our work cut out. We’re happy to be playing at home and hopefully we can get the three points,” Johnson said.

“We know they are a good team. They are second in their league in Algeria unlike Platinum Stars who are 11th. So, that says a lot about them. So, we got to put our best foot forward in the name of South Africa,” Johnson added.

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As per norm with North African sides, they pride themselves on set-pieces particularly when playing away from home which Johnson is fully aware of.

“I can see you read a little bit. We have done the same reality and we are aware of their set-piece plays. So, we have to pay attention to that,” Johnson continued.

“We have done our homework as far as that is concerned and hopefully our players will rise to the occasion and defend them correctly,” Johnson concluded.