Stars won't change approach in Mozambique, says Johnson

Stars won't change approach in Mozambique, says Johnson
Cavin Johnson, Platinum Stars coach

by Staff Reporter

Monday Feb 13, 2017. 19:00

Platinum Stars head coach Cavin Johnson has criticised Uniao Do Songo's tactics following their encounter in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup on Saturday.

Robert Ng'ambi's goal helped Stars overcome the Mozambican side 1-0 in the preliminary round first-leg clash at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.

According to Johnson, Do Songo were happy to sit back and not play football as they tried to defend and play on the counter away from home which is ugly.

“We should have scored a lot of goals. We had a lot of chances but we couldn’t put them away. We tried to play football and they didn’t try to play football. They tried to defend and play on counter,” Johnson told Stars' official website.

“Somebody created this methodology in world football and it stuck. It’s ugly. You sit back and defend and wait to beat people on counter attack. That’s not football. It’s like you only have drummers in music. There’s nobody singing or nobody playing the guitar.

"It doesn’t go well because you don’t know who you are playing against. They are not coming at you. That’s not a good advert for football. People can argue with me and says it’s tactics but we have developed a wrong mentality," he added.

The former SuperSport United coach insists that they will not change their approach in the second-leg which will be played in Mozambique this weekend.

“We are happy we got the results. We will go to Mozambique and we will attack them. I believe that they are a team, when playing football, they will leave spaces open and we will be able to score," he continued.

"We will fight to maintain the 1-0 lead but to be ultra defensive is not us. I want to go to the next round knowing that we played the Platinum Stars philosophy," he concluded.

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