Like a number of their League rivals, Dikwena will be back in training on Thursday following a four-week break.
Phala – easily one of the most outstanding players for Dikwena last season – believes the club's acquisition of Patrick Malokase from Orlando Pirates will boost the confidence of the team.
Malokase played a crucial role in the Platinum Stars attack last season – scoring 6 League goals.
"I don't know too much about new signings, but Patrick [Malokase] fitted in really well when he came here last season and the players really enjoyed playing with him. So if he is with us next season then that is great," Phala tells the club's website.
"I am really looking forward to the start of training. I had a great time just relaxing with my family, but now I am ready to get back to work.
"It was not all rest though, we were each given our own individual programme to work on while on holiday and I have been making sure I follow that," he adds.
The former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder says the team is more determined to fight for a more respectable finish in the League title chase.
In the previous campaign, Platinum Stars finished 10th on the final log standings for the second time in a row.
"The last two seasons we really thought we had a shot at the top eight and did not make it so this season we must really go for it. I know the players will be hungry to get there," Phala says.