Absa Premiership

Dikwena eye more trophies

2014-06-09 14:26
Allan Freese (Gallo Images)
Rustenburg - Platinum Stars head coach Allan Freese says his team will be more ambitious heading into the next Absa Premiership campaign, which is set to commence in August.

The 58-year-old tactician is optimistic that the North West Tycoons will add more accolades to their trophy cabinet following a cup double last season.

Dikwena walked away with the MTN8 competition and the Telkom Knockout Cup, beating arch rivals Orlando Pirates in both Cup finals.

Speaking exclusively to Sport24 on Monday, Freese said winning those titles was his highlight of the campaign. It also led to him being appointed on a permanent basis.

However, the former Dynamos left-back said plenty of hard work still needs to be done before thinking about tackling the new season.

“Winning those two trophies was the highlight of our season,” said Freese.

“We also finished inside the Top 8 on the log although at times it looked unlikely.

“We really enjoyed the last season as a team.

“Next season we are aiming to repeat what we did in the past season and even do better.

“Our ambitions are to defend all our trophies and also add more to our trophy cabinet.

“But we still need to prepare for that to happen.

“We are all at home at the moment.

“Some players will be leaving the club and also others will be joining us.

“We just hope things would work out for us,” he added.

Notably, Dikwena narrowly clinched a Top 8 spot on the last day of the season, finishing above AmaZulu due to their superior goal difference.

The outcome gave Stars a platform to defend their MTN8 crown in which they will lock horns with defending PSL champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, in the first week of August.

Despite Dikwena’s superior head-to-head over the Brazilians, Freese believes history would not work in his side’s favour.

“Like I said, this will be a new season.

“We might be still trying out new combinations as some of our players might be gone and with the new recruits again."

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