Platinum Stars coach fully focused on Sfaxien for Confed Cup

Platinum Stars coach fully focused on Sfaxien for Confed Cup
Cavin Johnson coach of Platinum Stars during the CAF Confederation Cup

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday May 31, 2017. 13:00

Platinum Stars will be hoping to bounce back in the CAF Confederation Cup, Group B when they meet CS Sfaxien on Sunday.

Coach Cavin Johnson says they must find inspiration from two South African clubs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates, who both have CAF Champions League gold medals.

Dikwena are still licking their wounds after a 4-2 loss against Swaziland's Mbabane Swallows last week and will now hope to claim their first win in the group stages.

Having failed to finish in the top eight bracket in the South African Absa Premiership, Johnson says they need to focus on their continental assignments and do well in Tunis.

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“We need to concentrate on our African safari that we got and we are not doing so well in. We would like to pick up our socks and play a better game as far as CAF is concerned,” Johnson tells the club's website.

“You never know when you are going to play this tournament again.”

The coach also added that he will contact the Brazilians and Buccaneers to find a way of managing the workload as they will not have a off-season break.

“It’s a learning curve. It’s something you have got to phone Sundowns and Pirates about and see how they tried to manoeuvre the off season,” adds the coach.

“You are going to see what you have got. You will see with your fitness people how you get it and maybe you get it right. We will see.

“We know they (Sfaxien) are a good team. They lost to MC Alger. We know the type of pitch they play on and the type of players they have.

“They are good technically. We are going to go out there and play the best we can. I have said to the players before.”

The former MTN8 Cup and Telkom Knockout Cup champions are placed at number four in their Confed Cup group with one point from two matches.



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