Absa Premiership

Johnson: We can stop Sundowns

2016-05-20 17:45
Cavin Johnson (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson says he is optimistic his side can halt Mamelodi Sundowns' ambitions of reaching a record-breaking 71 points when they meet on Saturday.

Johnson's Dikwena are currently third in the Absa Premiership standings, and a win for Sundowns would steer them to a new milestone, a record-breaking 71 points, whilst a defeat for Stars could jeopardise their top-three ambitions as they look to secure their berth for the CAF Confederations Cup next season.

"Obviously the consistency belongs to the staff and the players for the dedication and commitment they have shown through the season," he told Vodacom Soccer.

"The fact that we faced relegation last year, and we released some players and brought in a few new players and they've done well to adapt themselves to the club and the way that we wanted them to play.

"And with that we managed to get points, and players need to be given credit.

"We are obviously happier with that as a small club we managed to perform between 2nd and 5th place on the log.

"And it was also the first time that we got to promote some of our youngsters from the academy. So a lot of things have happened and hopefully by the end of next season, we hope to achieve even more.

"But looking at the task ahead us, there is no doubt about the significance of the results for us against Sundowns. 

"The result is very, very important for us and I am maintaining that my team is ready.

"We have picked a team the best team to go out and play against Sundowns and yes we will put our best foot forward, and we will try our best to get the result or at least not come away with no point."


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