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Sibongakonke Mbatha eager to help revive Platinum Stars' fortunes ahead of Golden Arrows test

Posted: 20 September 2017 Time: 09:12

Platinum Stars midfielder Sibongakonke Mbatha says the team does not belong at the foot of the Premiership table.

Dikwena - who recently denied reports they are set to be sold - earned their first point of the season in a 1-1 draw with Chippa United in Phokeng on Saturday.

However, Mbatha, an off-season signing from Bidvest Wits, has faith Stars can turn the corner under new coach Roger de Sa. They will play their fifth game of the campaign tonight against high-flying Golden Arrows at Royal Bafokeng Stadium (19h30).

Mbatha told his club's website: "We don't deserve to be down there. We have good quality in the team. We will get out of there. It's just a matter of working hard and scoring the goals. I don't see a team of this calibre staying down there. Hard work and giving an extra effort will get us out of there. Now it's just a matter of getting to understand each other and playing to our strength. We worked hard against SuperSport United and Chippa United. We are eager to build on that going forward. Our supporters have to continue rallying behind us. It's not easy but we will continue to work hard and make them proud.

"It's not going to be an easy game against Arrows. They come from a win over the weekend. They are in high spirits. We have to be cautious about that but it doesn't change our game plan. We need to give an extra effort. We need the three points. Talking about it is not enough. We have to show on the field that we really need to get out of there. We have to do our
best."

The diminutive attacker has played in every match in 2017/18 and is grateful for the belief shown in him by De Sa.

"I am grateful that the new coach Roger de Sa has seen potential in me and has given me a chance. That means a lot to me. I have to grab it with both hands. I have been waiting for a chance to play in the PSL for a very long time. Hopefully this season I will get to play a lot of games. It's very encouraging. I have always wanted to be man of the match in the PSL. It’s
such an honour. It's down to team effort though. We could have won the game but a point will do."

Article by: Staff Reporter
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