Dikwena on a wing and prayer
Posted: 29 May 2018 Time: 08:30
Platinum Stars striker Letsie Koapeng says Dikwena will be crossing fingers for a favourable outcome between their competitors in the promotion-relegation play-offs.
Dikwena are currently at the bottom of the mini-league with two points, behind Black Leopards and Jomo Cosmos, who are first and second with five and two points respectively. As things stands Dikwena’s destiny is in the hands of the two sides after an electrifying 2-2 draw with Leopards over the weekend.
Koapeng, who scored two goals for Dikwena at Moruleng Stadium, is hoping for another chance for Roger de Sa’s side to bounce back.
“We wanted to win against Leopards to put us on the front foot and even the playing fields for everyone. But now we are in a position where our future lies in other people’s hands which is uncalled for, particularly at this level. We have to come back, work and God willing we will get another chance,” said Koapeng, whose goals had 10-man Stars headed for victory until a last minute lapse of concentration allowed Leopards to equalise.
“It’s been the story of our lives this season. We play well but we don’t get the goals. We get the goals but we have a lapse of concentration and concede goals. I think for each and every one of us, it’s a lesson to take for the future. We haven’t been playing badly, we just didn’t have luck in front of goals.”
De Sa hailed Koapeng’s displays and the fighting spirit of his side, who fought hard despite the odds against them on Saturday night. Dikwena had to play with a man down after Nyiko Tshabangu got a red card.
“Letsie’s performance was very good. I have known him since he was a kid. He played for me at Wits at the age of 16 and that’s why I brought him to the club. He has been in the shadow of [Bongi] Ntuli but he showed up on Saturday,” said De Sa.
“One man down, 1-1, we fight and fight to make it 2-1 and at the end we made a mistake and they equalised. You can’t ask for more than that from the players. They gave their all. Sometimes football can be cruel and it was cruel on Saturday night. It would have been nicer if it was in our hands,” said De Sa.
Dikwena’s next assignment is away to Jomo Cosmos this Saturday.