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Platinum Stars defender Gift Sithole wants problems at the back and upfront to be fixed

Posted: 6 March 2018 Time: 20:30

Platinum Stars defender Gift Sithole says he feels bad for the way the team has conceded goals in the dying stages of matches.

Bottom of the table Dikwena have conceded 31 goals this season, the worst defensive record in the Absa Premiership at the moment.

Against Free State Stars over the weekend, Roger de Sa’s men conceded two goals in the final 10 minutes of the game after taking the lead before the break. It was the same situation in the match before, against Maritzburg United, conceding two goals in the final three minutes of the game after Riyaad Norodien’s stunning free kick had put them in front.

Stars, who are on 17 points, have seven games left to get themselves out of trouble.

“Honestly the guys are down but as senior players we have to lift their spirits. I have belief that we still have a chance. We haven’t being relegated. We can make it. One win is going to open a lot of things for us,” said Sithole.

“As a defender I feel bad. If you check most of the games, we conceded in the last 15 minutes of the match. I feel bad because we don’t concentrate. It’s something we will work on because we always try our best every time we play.”

The former Chippa United captain Sithole also wants to see the club improving upfront. Stars have scored just 15 goals in this campaign.

“We also have to fix our goal scoring problems. Everyone who gets a chance should just score. The teams we play against they create four chances and score two and we lose the game.

“Sometimes we get close to eight chances in the first half but we don’t score out of those. It’s worrying. It’s painful that we play well but we lose. We have two weeks to prepare for the Bloemfontein Celtic game. I think there’s something good that can come out.”

Dikwena’s next match is against Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr Molemela Stadium on March 18.

Article by: Staff Reporter
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