FOR a team that is struggling, looking to sell its PSL status and desperate to avoid the relegation drop, Platinum Stars are proving to be more ambitious than log leaders Baroka. Dikwena have been terrible this season, winning just once in 12 matches, finding themselves second from bottom with nine points.
The side that is now coached by Roger de Sa have lost five matches in total, with the other six ending in draws. Those statistics alone would make even a Floyd Mayweather make calculated and tactful statements, but not Dikwena. Even the fact that they have tough games ahead against Polokwane City, Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits does not seem to bother Dikwena as they gun for nine points in their next three matches.
Even without wins in their last two matches, when they recorded a goalless draw against Bloemfontein Celtic and then blew the lead twice to draw 2-2 with Baroka, Dikwena defender Gift Sithole still believes three wins on the trot are possible. “We want to win so much. There are nine points to play for. We have to get them and move up the log. Nine points will take us way up.
“When we come back in January, we have to be in a better position. I have confidence that we will move from where we are now. “It’s not good that we have had so many draws. In the last game, we managed to score more than one goal but it was disappointing because we conceded too easily. “Had we won that game, we wouldn’t be having the pressure that we have now. Whatever happens at training is what happens in matches.
“The coach tells us that something is going to happen and it happens the same way in a match but we fail to deal with it. Sometime we have lapses of concentration,” the Dikwena defender said. As if life is about what you deserve – rather than what you work hard for with a good, competent team, Sithole does not believe his side deserves to be in its current poor log position.
“We have to be smart. You can work hard but if you are not smart it’s a problem. “We have Polokwane in the next match and they play a similar style to us. The thing we have to do is to be smarter. If we score in the first half I think we will go on to win the game.”
• The match at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium kicks off at 7.30pm.