Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson has ample respect for Nedbank Cup opponents AmaZulu
Posted: 14 March 2017 Time: 16:58
Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson says his team will treat AmaZulu as if they are PSL opposition in tomorrow night's Nedbank Cup last-32 tie.
Dikwena will host the high-flying NFD outfit at Moruleng Stadium (19h30).
Johnson told his club's website: “These are your direct competitors. You have got to treat them with all the respect but on the field of play we give them no respect. For us on the field of play they are exactly as we are. We have to up our game even as we have been doing in our last few matches. Our game was at high level against Golden Arrows and Chippa United. We have got to maintain that tomorrow night.
“We have to be on our toes. We have to be as best prepared as we can. We go to the game treating it as a PSL game. We are not looking as AmaZulu as a National First Division team. We look at them as our counterparts.”
Johnson is mindful Usuthu possess ample firepower in seasoned hitmen Siyabonga Nomvethe and Mabhuti Khenyeza, with the former bagging 13 league goals this season at the age of 39.
“I have watched the matches that were on TV. They were all good matches. The level of the lower teams to push the PSL teams has improved. AmaZulu have got good players. They have Siyabonga Nomvethe, who doesn’t seem to age. They have Mabhuti Khenyeza. These are two players with experience. They have also signed Ovidy Karuru. They are a good team. They have experienced players in the team who can take them to another level. We have to be at our best.”
The former SuperSport United boss appealed to Stars' fans to make their presence felt in Rustenburg.
“Please come out and support us. Moruleng Stadium is not a big stadium. It’s a nice stadium. We normally get a good crowd there. We urge Dikwena to come out in numbers and rally behind the team.”