Cape Town - Platinum Stars captain Enocent Mkhabela has claimed that a lack of unity in the team was a major factor in Dikwena's relegation.
Stars were relegated to the National First Division after losing out to Black Leopards in the play-offs, which also involved Jomo Cosmos.
Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Mkhabela believes that with the players available last season, relegation should have been avoided.
"The disappointment is huge since we got relegated. It is the first time, I got relegated," he told the Star.
"We have to man up. If we can work together as a team, I believe we can achieve a lot.
"If can play for the team, not as individuals (we can bounce back quickly). We were not together as a team. We were too individual. We had groups. I'm still very angry about the fact that we got relegated," he added.
Mkhabela admitted to being unsure as to whether he will campaign with Stars in the First Division next season.
"It is going to depend on the negotiations," he said. "I'm still contracted to them and they must decide. Whatever they decided on, we have to agree. I still have one season left on my contract."
Along with Black Leopards, Highlands Park were the other team promoted to the top flight after they won the championship.