Absa Premiership

Jackson upbeat despite defeat

2015-03-23 12:05
Willem Jackson (Supplied)

Cape Town - Platinum Stars caretaker coach Willem Jackson believes getting knocked out of the Nedbank Cup allows his team to focus on avoiding relegation from the PSL.

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Jackson took over duties as Stars announced via their Twitter account that current head-coach Allan Freese was given special leave.

“Allan Freese is on Special Leave to allow an internal performance target review process to take place,” said the Tweet.

Mamelodi Sundowns beat Dikwena 3-1 on Sunday to send the Rustenberg side crashing out of the competition, but Jackson has chosen to be optimistic about the situation.

"I think it was a blessing in disguise because now we must concentrate on the league and where we are in the log," says Jackson.

"I think maybe this will also make the guys focus more on the League and get out us of that bad situation we are in."

Platinum Stars are 13th in the Premiership table, only two points above Moroka Swallows in 15th, but have a couple of games in hand.

Jackson has some time to organise his squad before their next league outing as domestic football is taking a break for international fixtures this week.

"Yeah, this is good break for us," he added.

"We can get the guys ready for our next league game against Ajax and a couple games after that including Sundowns."

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