Molobi: Stars are united
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Cape Town - Following their second consecutive cup triumph this season, Platinum Stars Media and Communications manager Aubrey Molobi says the spirit of unity within the club was a key factor to their success.
Stars defeated Orlando Pirates 2-1 to win the Telkom Knockout final match at the Mbombela stadium on Saturday night.
Substitute Mogakolodi Ngele’s brace was sufficient to hand Dikwena their second silverware over the Buccaneers in a space of three months.
Speaking exclusively to Sport24
on Monday morning, Molobi said losing the Absa Premiership title to Kaizer Chiefs last season, by a single point, also served as motivation to the North West Tycoons heading into this season.
“We lost the league last season to Chiefs by one point and that was our best season in our history and by that achievement we told ourselves that we can do better than that,” said Molobi.
Molobi also hailed the unity spirit within the camp, stating that their winning mentality, team work without relying on individual brilliance, and their trust in God played a significant role in their victory over the former double treble winners.
“The relationship between the players, technical team and the management team as well as our good communications contributed to our success.
“We believe in the almighty God as a team. Every day before we start with our training sessions we always give ourselves time to sing and glorify the name of God and sometimes we meet as a team just to have a bible study session and our players enjoy them.
“I also think that the help coming from the experienced players like Vuyo (Mere) and Benson (Mhlongo) is paying off because they are motivating our young players each and every day and the boys are learning a lot from them.
“At Platinum Stars we believe in team work. There is no individual brilliance in our camp and that is why we are where we are today.
“We are still hungry for more honours,” he added.
Molobi also confirmed that the club chairman is currently negotiating a new contract with caretaker coach, Allan Freese, after it was rumoured that he will be given the head coaching position on a permanent basis.
Freese took over as a caretaker coach after former coach, Cavin Johnson, left for SuperSport United at the end of last season.
“He is meeting with the chairman regarding this matter.
“Allan has been with us for a long time and he knows the club and everyone at the club.
“But nothing has been confirmed yet, we have a good relationship with him and we don’t want anything to ruin that, that’s all I can say for now.”
Dikwena will meet the Buccaneers for the third time in three months when they clash in the Absa Premiership encounter at the the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace next week Monday.
Kick-off is at 17:00.