Dikwena in do or die

They are yet to taste vic­tory in their four matches in their Con­fed Cup group stage

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - Sport - Nevillek@the­newage.co.za


PLAT­INUM Stars will be look­ing to reg­is­ter their first vic­tory in the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup when they play MC Al­ger from Al­ge­ria in a group match tonight.

Dikwena are yet to taste vic­tory in their four matches in the group stages fol­low­ing two defeats and two draws and are bot­tom of the log with only two points.

They must win tonight and hope other re­sults favour them to stand a chance of qual­i­fy­ing for the quar­ter­fi­nals of the com­pe­ti­tion.

A de­feat or draw will see their chances of progressing to the next round end and mid­fielder Willem Mwedi­hanga is well aware that they can­not af­ford not to col­lect maxim points tonight.

This fol­lows their dis­ap­point­ing 1-1 draw at home to CS Sfax­ien last week.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing that we couldn’t pick up max­i­mum points. even though we were play­ing at home,” Mwedi­hanga said.

“We’ve not lost at home, but we are look­ing to col­lect max­i­mum points away and we have been work­ing very hard, do­ing all the nec­es­sary things we need to do and the tech­ni­cal staff have been sup­port­ing us, giv­ing us all the knowl­edge we need to win this vi­tal game.

“We are look­ing for­ward to the game to at last col­lect max­i­mum points in the group stages.”

With two matches re­main­ing, the for­mer Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria player said they will need to use the ex­pe­ri­ence they gained in this tour­na­ment to help them gain a win away.

They drew with MC Al­gers at home in their first match of the group.

“When it comes to away games it is ob­vi­ously a dif­fer­ent ball game com­pared to home games.

“We also learnt that play­ing away we must not give op­po­nents any space be­cause they will hurt you. It’s dif­fi­cult for us to adapt if we al­low op­po­nents to play their nor­mal game,” Mwedi­hanga said.

“We have learned some­thing from all those away games that we played but this time around we will come back with pos­i­tive re­sults.

“We played them at home in the first game of our group stage where we drew 1-1, so we know them well and we know what to ex­pect from them, so there is no ex­cuse.”

In an­other match, Su­perS­port United will be look­ing to bounce back to win­ning ways when they visit Ho­raya FC on Satur­day.

Mat­sat­santsa a Pi­tori drew two suc­ces­sive matches against TP Mazembe and are also in dan­ger of not qual­i­fy­ing for the quar­ter­fi­nals.

They need to get a vic­tory against Horoya who lead the group with eight points to get back into real con­tention.

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