Cavin Johnson depending on Bonging Ntuli to lead Platinum Stars in Confederation Cup
Posted: 19 January 2017 Time: 15:24
Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson says it will imperative that striker Bongi Ntuli stays injury free as the club will feature in this year’s CAF Confederations Cup.
Ntuli, who is on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns for the second season in a row, missed a few matches before the end of last season and the majority of the first half of the season due to injury.
The former Golden Arrows frontman, though, made his return just before the festive break, and scored his first league goal of the season when his side trounced Cape Town City 4-0 on December 13.
While Dikwena are currently 13th on the Absa Premiership log with only 14 points, Johnson is hoping that Ntuli has overcome his injury woes and counts on him to remain fit in what is set to be busy next few months for the club.
"[Ntuli] came back towards the end of the first half of the season, and for sure we are going to do our best to make sure we keep him fit going forward," Johnson tells KickOff.com.
Meanwhile, the former SuperSport United mentor, who has come under fire following the club’s struggles in the league so far, is bracing himself for their the resumption of the domestic campaign, as well as their travels into Africa.
Stars yesterday bolstered their squad by signing former Kaizer Chiefs winger Abia Nale, former University of Pretoria defender Willem Mwedihanga and Malawi international Gerald Phir Jnr.
"We didn’t end the year very well and, in the last few games, we had one win and six losses," he added.
"Going into the second half, we have to stop giving away easy games. At the same time, we've also got the continental competition coming up, which is also going to be a good challenge for us.
"I think the team we have is more than capable of competing, but they have to up their game and then we will see. We know it will be more difficult and we are prepared for that."
Stars will kick-start the year with a tricky clash against Orlando Pirates at the Royal Bafokeng stadium on February 8, before taking on Uniao Desportiva do Songo in their preliminary round Confederation Cup clash a few days later.