SuperSport United lost to a 10-man Platinum Stars last night in their Absa Premiership opener at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
Stuart Baxter’s men played most of the football, created most chances, but it was Stars goalkeeper Bongani Mzimela who made sure that Dikwena owned the most important stat on the night, as he produced a string of fine saves to keep the attack force of Jeremy Brockie and Bradley Grobler at bay, until Robert Ngambi scored the winner in the 62nd minute.
Brockie, who netted 18 goals for SuperSport last season, was quick to admit that his performance was poor last night.
“I missed the last couple of weeks of training because of niggling injuries so that probably showed throughout the game. I turned the ball over more than I would have liked and sort of ran out of steam towards the end. Overall, there were some good things that I need to work on,” he said.
“We are obviously disappointed that we lost the game, we would have loved to get off the mark with a win, but in our performance, we absolutely bettered them but it was the finishing that let us downs in the end, but this is something to move forward to and know that we can put a performance, we just need to take our chances when we get them.
“I think what let us down was our finishing in the final third, we had a lot of chances, and we created a good ten clear chances to put the ball at the back of the net, but we either missed the target or rushed it and let ourselves down in that department. So there are definitely positives to take from it but at the end of the day we still have a chance to work on those things that need working on and bounce back straight away,” added the New Zealander.
Matsatsantsa a Pitori take on defending Premier Soccer League champions Mamelodi Sundowns in Sunday’s MTN8 clash at the Loftus Satdium, and Brockie reckons that if they perform better, they can conquer their rivals who lost 3-1 on Tuesday away to Enyimba in the Confederation of African Football Champions League.
“We are excited obviously it is against our cross-town rivals who have been very successful in the last 12 months or so. But they lost in midweek, so it proves that they are human, and they are there for the taking, so if we can improve our performance by 10% from our last match, I think they will be in for a game,” he said.