Plat­inum ring the changes

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MOHAU RAMASHIDJA

PLAT­INUM STARS con­firmed yes­ter­day that they will not be re­new­ing Cavin John­son’s con­tract, which ex­pires by the end of this month, lead­ing up to the new sea­son.

The news came after Dik­wena suf­fered their sec­ond de­feat of their Caf Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup group fixtures to CS Sfax­ien (3-0) in Tu­nisia on Sun­day.

John­son re­united with Dik­wena in 2015, and led them to a top three fin­ish in the 2015/16 sea­son to se­cure them a place in this year’s Caf Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup cam­paign.

But John­son wasn’t as suc­cess­ful this past sea­son, where his side fin­ished out of the top eight bracket, a point be­hind La­montville Golden Ar­rows who fin­ished 8th in the league stand­ings on 38 points.

The club’s chair­man, Cliff Ramoroa, said the change of coach­ing per­son­nel in his team this early would give them enough time to bring in the right peo­ple who would help them to try and chal­lenge for hon­ors by next sea­son.

Dik­wena didn’t do that in the pre­vi­ous cam­paign un­der John­son.

“We can con­firm that the club is not go­ing to re­new the con­tract of Cavin John­son for the 2017/18 sea­son,” Ramoroa said.

“We would like to ex­press sin­cere grat­i­tude for all the hard work and ef­forts put in by John­son and the tech­ni­cal team. John­son did his best in terms of en­sur­ing that the club reaches the lev­els that it is in.

“We would like to move to an­other level.

“We be­lieve that a change of this na­ture would re­ally bring some­one who will take the club to an­other level. This is a con­tract not be­ing re­newed. It’s not a fir­ing or any­thing.”

Ramoroa added that the club is also plan­ning to bring in new play­ers to the team to help them hit the ground run­ning when the new Absa Premier­ship cam­paign kicks offs in a few months time.

“We will make an­nounce­ments on fur­ther changes in both the tech­ni­cal team and play­ing per­son­nel,” Ramoroa said.

“We will be able to make an an­nounce­ment con­cern­ing the new coach be­fore the be­gin­ning of next sea­son.”

John­son is ex­pected to be on the side­lines when his soon to be former side takes on CS Sfax­ien in the re­turn leg at Royal Bafo­keng Sta­dium in two weeks time.

“Ac­cord­ing to the con­tract,” Ramoroa ex­plained, “(John­son) will be al­lowed to leave by the end of this month.

“He’s still con­tracted to us un­til the end of this month.

“You can ex­pect him on the bench (when we take on CS Sfax­ien on June 21).”

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