Relegated De Sa Opens Up After Dikwena Drop
Roger de Sa says that Platinum Stars won’t be throwing in the towel, despite the fact that their relegation to the National First Division has now been confirmed.
Dikwena were beaten 2-1 by AmaZulu on Wednesday night, with former coach, Cavin Johnson, being the one to put the final nail in their coffin after what has been a torrid season for the team in the North West.
That loss meant that Stars are guaranteed to be playing their football in the NFD and can no longer even sneak up into the relegation playoffs, but De Sa is adamant that they will be going for three points in their next game.
The 53-year-old said in a statement, “The only way is forward. You got a game on Saturday, you got to play it. You got a game a week after that, you have got to play. You have to play to win. We will keep on doing that. We are not going to stop now. We carry on.
“We can’t sit here and point fingers. It is what it is. We have got to face tomorrow and be ready for it.”
On the topic of the game itself, De Sa says he couldn’t fault his players, adding, “We controlled the first half, don’t allow the opposition to play, get all the opportunities and come second half the first chance they get is a goal. It’s been like that for us the last seven months. We don’t have that killer instinct in the final third that has been lacking. As much as we work on it all the time at training, we just don’t finish off the games.
“I told players at halftime that you got them by the scruff of the neck. You can’t let it go now. You have got to kill it off. We didn’t do it and we got punished. It’s probably the 15th time that has happened to us. It’s disappointing. I can’t fault the players. They fight hard. They give it their all.”
Dikwena face Golden Arrows on Saturday afternoon at 15h00, although have nothing but pride to play for as they target just their fifth win of the campaign.