Johnson has been drilling his charges in preparation for their league game against the struggling Jomo Cosmos tomorrow afternoon at the Moruleng Stadium.
The former SuperSport United mentor guided Stars to a second-place finish back in the 2012/13 season before moving to Pretoria. His return is seen as the second coming, but Johnson believes the pressure is bearable.
“I think the boys have shown a great deal of improvement and this has to continue until the end of the season,” said Johnson, “they have been able to pick up points when it matters the most. “I think the objective to finish as high as possible and that has always been the target for me and the team. I think the last couple of games before the end of the season are always interesting because you see teams coming out of their shells and challenging for everything. I always look forward to that.”
A victory for Jomo Sono’s men will see them make up some ground in moving out of the dungeons of relegation, but things don’t look that good for Ezenkosi.
Stars’ captain Vuyo Mere believes the biggest error they could commit as a unit is to underestimate Cosmos.
“We cannot afford to take Cosmos lightly based only on their position,” said Mere, “We will have to show them the respect that they deserve because they are starting to pick up points and that is what they will be aiming for. But it also means that we won’t sit back because we also want as many points as possible before the end of the season.”
Dikwena’s Elezar Rodgers and Ndumiso Mabena will both be watching from the stands. Mabena received his second red card of the season when Dikwena were held to a 1-1 draw by Maritzburg United in their previous encounter, while Rodgers is suspended.
Kick-off is at 3.30pm.