Robert Ngambi of Platinum Stars
Wednesday Apr 15, 2015. 09:32
Platinum Stars duo Mogakolodi Ngele and Robert Ng'ambi have been back to their best since Cavin Johnson's return to the Phokeng-based club.
Johnson retook the reins at Dikwena following the sacking of Allan Freese last month, with Stars recording a 2-1 win over Ajax Cape Town in his first game back in charge.
Malawi international Ng'ambi, who has struggled with a niggling injury this term, returned to his best with a brace in the win over the Urban Warriors.
Another player who was pivotal in Stars' double cup winning campaign last season was Botswana star Ngele. The attacker had seemingly fallen out of favour under Allan Freese, but answered his critics in emphatic fashion, netting a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw at Orlando Pirates.
Stars striker Patrick Malokase believes Johnson has instilled confidence since taking over from Freese and insists his return is to thank for Ng'ambi and Ngele's turnaround.
"Honestly, Cavin came with a different dimension, playing attacking football. His return has intrigued the players, we have great ball players in this team and he [Johnson] has made things easy for us, we like the style of football [he has implemented]," said Malokase.
"We are again confident in what we are doing. Ngele was not Allan's favourite, but with Cavin, honestly it's a different ball game.
"He supports every player, motivates and believes we can beat the best. It is nice to play under Cavin and that is why you see Robert and Ngele coming up again and playing with confidence."
Johnson will be eager to get one over former employers SuperSport United when Stars welcome Matsatsantsa in an Absa Premiership clash on Wednesday evening.
A win could see Stars move into ninth spot on the log standings.
Kick-off is at 19h30.