Absa Premiership

Dikwena to strengthen ahead of Confederation Cup

2017-01-06 10:02
Cavin Johnson (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson admits he would like to add depth to his squad as they embark on a CAF Confederation Cup campaign this season.

Dikwena qualified for the continental competition by finishing third in the Premiership last term and start next month with a tricky tie against Mozambican Premier League outfit Uniao Desportiva do Songo.

South African teams aren't renowned for excelling in the tournament due to the structure of their league and timing of fixtures, with coaches historically tending to field weaker line-ups in the Confederation Cup.

However, the recent triumph of Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League will have set a benchmark for the rest of South Africa to follow, and Johnson is confident his side have the experience to compete.

"We are going to Africa which is not easy if you don't have the right type of players in the squad," he told Times Media. "You have to know exactly what you are doing.

"You have to give young players a chance to play at that level‚ but at the same time you must be careful and avoid being embarrassed.

"If we don't get what we are looking for on the transfer market‚ I will still be content with having a number of players like Vuyo Mere and Robert Ng'ambi‚ who have experienced the tough conditions or travelling and playing on the continent."

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