Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson refused to take any credit for his sides’ impressive 3-1 Absa Premiership win against Moroka Swallows at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday.
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“I won’t take any credit for this. We prepared well, the players had instructions for this game and they followed it superbly, so all credit must go to the players for executing the game plan really well,” said Johnson.
“It was good to beat them as they spoiled our chances of making the top eight last season and there is no better way to start your league campaign, so I am very happy, we all are.”
Stars striker Siphelele Mthembu, midfielders Robert Ng’ambi and Benson Mhlongo netted for the home side while Lerato Chabangu netted for the Dube Birds. Johnson said Stars were better than their opponents.
“We wanted it more, we were more determined. I can’t say Swallows played badly, they gave us a good run but our players just showed more determination. We stuck to the game plan, supported each other and played good football,” said the former Ajax youth coach.
“Benson was terrific in midfield, he showed his class and Siphelele is a good striker and has great potential, we expect more from them going forward.”
“It’s still very early days and we are not at our best yet, we performed well and no I did not expect this result. I mean a win is wanted, but to put three past a Swallows side that performed so well last season and who also had a good start (MTN 8) is not something you plan for. Again I say the players showed their hunger and stuck to the game plan, as a coach I cannot do more and am pleased with the result.”
Stars next clash is on August 22 (Wednesday) against Bloemfontein Celtic in the Free State capital.
“Let’s first enjoy this victory, get a day’s rest and then we can talk about going to Celtic.”