Absa Premiership

Mzimela expects Dikwena to strengthen

2016-06-10 12:22
Mbongeni Mzimela (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Platinum Stars goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela says the club will be ready to compete in next season's CAF Confederation Cup, but admits that they do need to strengthen the squad further.

Cavin Johnson's side finished third in the Premiership after what turned out to be an excellent season for Phokeng-based side. They ended ahead of Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs as well as the likes of SuperSport United.

Dikwena are not new to African club competitions having previously faced and beaten seven times champions Al Ahly in 2008. That was in the second round of the CAF Champions League, although they did bow out on the away goals rule.

"We need a big squad and a strong because you know that cup is not for the young players," Mzimela said. "If you want to win it or if you want to compete, you have to be experienced in your approach.

"But if you want to introduce players to get the experience for the season then it's up to the coach what we want.

"I can't say much about that, but what I feel is that experience is important.

"It will depend on the players that will join us. In terms of the success we had this past season, the guys were like a family to each other.

"If you remember at the beginning of the season the way we were collecting points that the spirit was high. I hope that won't end here and I hope it will also continue next season when we starts CAF Confederations Cup."

CAF recently revealed a change of schedule in both CAF club competitions. They will now only start in March and the Champions League will end in November, with the Confederations Cup concluding later in December.

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