Benson Shilongo of Platinum Stars is challenged by Walid Derardja of Moulouda Club Alger during the CAF Confederation Cup match between Platinum Stars and Mouloudia Club on 14 May 2017 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix
Monday May 22, 2017. 16:30
Platinum Stars are looking to bag a victory away from home in their CAF Confederation Cup second Group B match against Mbabane Swallows on Tuesday.
The South Africans are fresh from a 1-1 draw against MC Alger at home in their opening group stage encounter a fortnight ago.
Coach Cavin Johnson will have to sharpen his men's skills to bag the full three points and ensure their knockout stage dream remains alive.
Dikwena occupy the third spot in the group with one point resulting from their stalemate in Rustenburg and this pushes them to go all out for a win.
“We would like to continue in CAF. Being in the group stages is a completely different competition because it’s home and away and you get points,” said Johnson.
“You can plan a little bit better within this competition. Hopefully we are hoping to do that especially now that we have a lot of games to play.”
Looking at the hosts, the Birds are also trying to make a statement in the tournament as they want to make their supporters happy.
Hosting Dikwena is set to be a test of their character as they did not start their group stage assignment on a high.
The Swaziland side are rooted at the bottom of the log table with zero points from one match so far – a win is set to ease their concerns.
As they meet for the first time in continental competitions, the two Southern African neighbours are set to put aside their regional friendship and look for a win.
A win for the Swazis will take them to three points, whilst a victory for the South African Premier League side will take them to four points.
The encounter is set to be staged at Somhlolo Stadium in Lobamba on Tuesday afternoon, with kick-off set for 15:00 (CAT).