Sky’s the limit for Allan’s Stars

HIGH HOPES. Platinum Stars coach Allan Freese is eager to improve on Dikwena's good run from last season. Picture: Backpagepix

HIGH HOPES. Platinum Stars coach Allan Freese is eager to improve on Dikwena's good run from last season. Picture: Backpagepix

Platinum Stars coach Allan Freese knows that for him to have a successful season, he will have to improve on Dikwena’s stunning performances from last season.

In the previous edition, Stars finished second in the league to Kaizer Chiefs and lost in the Nedbank Cup semifinal to SuperSport United.

“To have a good season with Platinum Stars is not to do worse than what we did last season,” Freese, who took over from Cavin Johnson, said yesterday.

“We will play like we played last season and the good thing is that we have 98% of the players we had last season. It is about continuity. I would like to do well with the team and reach the MTN8 final.”

Dikwena host Bidvest Wits in the MTN8 first-leg semifinal at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday.

An aggregate win over the two matches will see them square off against one of the Soweto giants, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, who clash in the other Wafa Wafa semifinal.

“We must do well in one competition and it will be good for the club if we can go to the final. There is no club that goes to competition not wanting to win it, so like any other we want to do well.”

Freese stressed the importance of drawing first blood against the Clever Boys before the second leg in Johannesburg.

“This game is very important for us, because we are playing first at home, and then away. We have to prepare for this game and then prepare differently for the game away.

“I don’t know if it actually is an advantage playing at home first, but it’s nice to play at home first and if we get a positive result it would be even better,” he said.

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