Ryan de Jongh confident of platinum Stars success in 2017
Posted: 22 December 2016 Time: 13:56
Platinum Stars midfielder Ryan de Jongh feels his side are back on track following a recent slump, and is confident Dikwena will continue in the same vein next year.
Following four losses on the trot, Stars ended 2016 with six points from their last three games, rallying to come back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Highlands Park in their last game of 2016.
Having not featured in league action for the majority of November and December, De Jongh marked his comeback with a Man-of-the-Match display at right-back against the Lions of the North, much to his delight.
“It’s a good feeling to be back after a long time not playing,” he told his club’s official website. “It’s been four or five games without playing. To get Man-of-the-Match at right-back is a good thing for me. It’s a confidence booster. I want to thank my teammates because without them I couldn’t have done it. It was a difficult game.”
De Jongh was proud of the fight shown by Stars in their last match, which he feels will bode well for 2017.
“Highlands Park scored two goals in the first half,” he said. “We replied quickly and we kept our confidence very high. It was a good thing for us. We came with a point and left with a point. So it’s nothing lost and nothing gained.
"We got our groove back. Hopefully come next year, we will pick up where we left off.”
Dikwena kick-off 2017 with a league fixture against Orlando Pirates on 8 February.