Uncategorized 30.1.2014 09:30 am

Staying strong ‘the hard part’

FILE PICTURE:Vuyo Mere of Platinum Stars during the MTN 8 quarter final match between Platinum Stars and Free State Stars from Royal Bafokeng Stadium on August 10, 2013 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

FILE PICTURE:Vuyo Mere of Platinum Stars during the MTN 8 quarter final match between Platinum Stars and Free State Stars from Royal Bafokeng Stadium on August 10, 2013 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Winning the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout was the easy part for Platinum Stars, argues captain Vuyo Mere, maintaining that a good run is the hard part.

Dikwena were the fairytale story of the first half of the campaign, beating Orlando Pirates in two finals to win two trophies in a season for the first time in the club’s history.

Their Telkom KO triumph – where they beat Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Pirates – en route, made Keledi Middle School in Phokeng winners too.

On Tuesday, 26 laptops were handed to the school through the Connected Schools initiative by Telkom. Better results are expected from the school after this donation just as is expected of Dikwena after the two trophies.

“The team will be judged by the position they finish on come the end of the season,” Mere said.

“There is still a long way to go. There is the Nedbank Cup coming and we are still competing for the league title. Everybody is expecting things to be easy for us, now that we have won these trophies – but that is not true.

“I am trying to motivate the young players that the hard work is staying on top. Winning the two trophies was the easy part. We can’t drop now because we have set a standard for ourselves.”

Stars coach Allan Freese shares Mere’s sentiments. That is why he has made a plea to Robert Ng’ambi, Issa Sarr, Lindokuhle Mbatha and Mogakolodi Ngele who have attracted interest from bigger teams.

“I am just hoping that none of them leave now,” Freese said.

“If it happens that they leave, I hope it happens at the end of the season. There is no way I can stop them from coming for my players.

“But I am saying give us a break now. Let’s talk at the end of the season because I need them to perform for Platinum Stars. We need to do well in the league and the Nedbank Cup.”

 

 

 

 

 

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