Cape Town - Platinum
Stars coach Allan Freese is particularly perturbed by the manner in which his
team was defeated by Maritzburg United at the Royal Bafokeng on Sunday.
refusing to panic
Prior to the fixture it had looked like Dikwena had turned
the corner in the Premiership, having recorded victories against Moroka
Swallows and the University of Pretoria in consecutive matches.
However, Freese lamented the fact that his team was unable
to build on that momentum in front of a home crowd at the weekend.
The result places Platinum Stars in a rather precarious
position once again and Freese has attributed that to his team getting out of
the starting blocks too slowly against the Team of Choice.
"I don't know why something must first happen before we
wake-up," said Freese after the defeat.
United established the early lead when Deolin Mekoa scored
in just the 28th minute of the fixture and it took the greater part of 60
minutes for Platinum Stars for offer a meaningful response, thanks to a
87th-minute goal by Ndumiso Mabena.
At this juncture it had actually looked like Platinum Stars
had done enough to salvage a point, at the very least but United's Mohau Mokate
had different ideas on the day, netting for the visiting team in injury time.
Freese was visibly upset by the outcome.
"Well done to Maritzburg, they came here and took the
"It was a game of two halves. I don't know what happened in
the first half, I don't think we defended properly," added the Dikwena mentor.