Platinum Stars captain Vuyo Mere eyes Bloemfontein Celtic scalp
Posted: 13 October 2016 Time: 10:23
Platinum Stars captain Vuyo Mere hopes Bloemfontein Celtic's energy levels have taken a knock after their heavy loss to Kaizer Chiefs.
Stars will resume their league campaign against Celtic at Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Saturday (kick-off: 15h30).
Phunya Sele Sele are hurting as they currently prop up the standings with a point from three games, while they were thumped 4-1 by Chiefs in the annual Macufe Cup last weekend.
Mere is determined to help mid-table Dikwena snap a four-game winless run in all competitions against Serame Letsoaka's charges.
"We have to bring our A game on the day," Mere told his club's website. "We have to be professional. They played in Macufe Cup. We hope it has taken as much energy out of them so that when we play them they are not as fresh as we are."
Mere, who hails from Bloemfontein, added: "Celtic is always a tricky team. They have got a good coach with a quality side. I have that thing that when I play Celtic I always want to do well against them. It’s my home team. They are coming to our home. We expect nothing but three points. We want to collect maximum points when playing at home."
Meanwhile, the versatile campaigner says his team were particularly irked by a recent 1-0 reverse to topflight newcomers Baroka FC.
"We have dropped some vital points in some of the games that we never thought we would lose. It shows the nature of the standard of our league. We can’t take anyone for granted this season. We opened well against SuperSport. We got three points at home. We got a point against Chiefs and Pirates. It’s good because at times when you go to those teams you don’t dream of getting anything when you play away.
"We were disappointed to lose to Baroka. We lowered the standard which didn’t sit well with us," concluded Mere, who expects clubmate Isaac Nhlapo to bounce back strongly from a disappointing Bafana Bafana debut against Ghana on Tuesday.