Johnson delight at Mzimela impact

Nedbank Cup

The shot-stopper, who joined Dikwena in 2015, has proved instrumental for the Rustenburg side, who currently find themselves in the top eight of the Absa Premiership, through to the play-off stages of the CAF Confederation Cup and into the last-16 of the Nedbank Cup.

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And, besides standing between the sticks, Mzimela has also played a telling role up front, where he is Stars’ first-choice penalty taker, having scored from the spot in all competitions so far this term.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Johnson said: “When the chips are down, Mzimela is able to step up and take responsibility. He is solid.

“The back four that he is playing with is not conceding many goals. He conceded a few goals in the last eight games that he has played. He is doing very well. He has kept clean sheets. He gives the team more.

“He gives them willingness to go forward. He has become our number one penalty taker. He scored the goals in the PSL, Nedbank [Cup] and CAF [Confederation Cup]. I am happy for him.”

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Next up for Stars is the return to league action, where they travel to PSL title chasers Bidvest Wits on Saturday with Johnson hopeful of continuing to ride their current run of good form.

“Sometimes when the ball falls for you properly, you are able to score goals. Even last year we were playing well but the ball didn’t fall for us. It didn’t go in the back of the net. It’s falling for us now and we are putting it in the back of the net. We just hope that we continue with the same form,” said the coach.