Absa Premiership

Johnson targets CAF qualification

2016-03-15 13:38
Cavin Johnson (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Cavin Johnson is keen to pick up where he left off with Platinum Stars in 2014 and help his side qualify for CAF competition this season.

Dikwena's form of late has seen them move up to third in the Absa Premiership standings, only five points behind second-placed Bidvest Wits, which represents a remarkable achievement given his ill-fated spell at Supersport tarnished his reputation and coincided with the decline of the Rustenberg based outfit.

His first spell at Stars was a successful one, as he led them to a second-place finish in the 2012/13 season - only one point behind eventual winners Kaizer Chiefs - now Johnson is keen to get back to where he left off.

"I was part of the club when we last played in African club competition [in 2008] when we became the first South African side to beat Al Ahly, and we did it when they were in their prime," the 57-year old told The Sowetan.

"We ended up losing the tie 3-2 on aggregate, but it gave us a real hunger to play on the African stage and that has to be our target for the rest of this season - to get into one of the CAF competitions.

"We have the Nedbank Cup as well which is a qualifier for the Confederation Cup. We have always been keen from the beginning to build this brand in Africa, and playing in those competitions is how we do it."

The former SuperSport United boss puts his side's good form down to the professionalism of his players and their ability to carry out his philosophy of an attacking brand of football instilled during training.

"I have my philosophy on coaching and that is to be attacking, try and play good football and entertain our supporters. If you are positive like that and everybody buys into what you are trying to do, then you will get results.

"The groups of players I have had in my two spells at the club have been very different, so there have had to be tweaks here and there, but largely I stick to my principles."

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