Johnson eyes relegation escape


Stars, who just recently advanced to the CAF Condfederation Cup group stages in their maiden continental campaign, currently languish down in 11th place in the Absa Premiership, just three points above the relegation play-off spot.

This after suffering their fourth defeat in their last five league matches against Ajax Cape Town at the weekend, having last tasted victory over Golden Arrows on March 7.

However, Johnson insists they will not panic ahead of their next tie against defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns on Thursday, as he targets at least 10 points from their final five league games of the season.

“We are going to try and put our best foot forward and not panic [at this stage],” Johnson said. “We can’t press panic buttons, there are five games to go.

"There are 15 points to fight for [and] we need 10 of those points in order to be safe, but we need to fight for more than 10 points.”

The former SuperSport United mentor adds that winning their remaining domestic fixtures is "a matter of life and death", as he eyes "cup final" approaches against Sundowns, Highlands Park, Maritzburg United, Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport.

"The remaining games for us are more than cup finals. It’s a matter of life and death. That’s how we've got to approach all the games. We need out fighting spirit back," he added.

“We have got to come back to the party. We have got to find the positives. Hopefully we can put out the best team we can [against Sundowns] in order to come back again.

“We have got to pick up our socks and make sure that when we go to Sundowns we fight as hard as we can to come away with a point. We've got to be cautious and try get away with a point because they are in the running to win the league again.”

Kick-off of the clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Thursday evening is set for 19h30.