Makaringe targets TKO redemption

United started the season with three victories in a row in all competitions as they reached the MTN8 semi-finals for the first time, eliminating Tshwane giants Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarters.

However, they came unstuck against eventual champions SuperSport United and are now riding a seven-game winless run - not to mention they are still grieving following the death of rising talent Mlondi Dlamini in a car crash on October 8.

Makaringe is determined to help his side turn it around when they host fellow strugglers Platinum Stars in the last-16 of the TKO at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night.

He told his club's website. “We’ve been unfortunate with the results lately, so coming to Friday’s game, it gives us a chance to redeem ourselves.

“We must make sure we win this one. We are aware that if we’re not winning, we can get ourselves into a difficult situation. So in our minds we want to win at all costs. We have to keep believing in ourselves, doing the things we have been doing right and I believe the results will come.

“If we can win in the cup on Friday it can help to bring back our confidence and help us to get on a winning streak like we were earlier in the season. We haven’t won in our backyard for a while, we need to do it for our fans.”

Dikwena are still without a victory this campaign as they prop up the Premiership standings with four points from nine matches.

Makaringe, though, is not taking the visitors lightly.

He added: “Everyone is highly motivated. One of our targets this season is to reach a cup final. Unfortunately we missed out in the MTN8, so now this is another great opportunity for us to get our ambitions back on track.

“Of course Stars will have a similar idea to us, so we’re aware this will be a difficult game and that we’re going to have to work and fight hard for victory.”