Platinum Stars striking duo, Henrico Botes and Patrick Malokase, are grateful for their club’s top eight finish, which will allow Dikwena to defend their MTN8 trophy.
The team from the North West entered their final premiership fixture of the season in serious jeopardy of losing their eighth spot to AmaZulu.
Speaking to Soccer Laduma, the strikers expressed their relief and appreciation for narrowly making it on the final match-day.
“It would have been tragic for us to miss out of next season’s top eight. We fought hard to win our trophies, and to not defend them, would have been de-motivating for us, " said Malokase.
“It was close, but we made it and we need to ensure that next season, we don’t repeat same mistakes. We definitely took our foot off pace in the second phase of the season, which nearly cost us a top eight finish.”
Meanwhile, teammate and fellow forward, Henrico Botes, suffered a knee injury late in the season which kept him out of action for the last couple of matches.
“I’m happy to be making a swift recovery, and I was on the bench for the last league match against Ajax Cape Town,” said Botes.
“Finishing in the top eight gives us something to look forward to next season. I want to be fully fit before the start of the new season, so I’m also looking forward to the pre-season,” concluded the Namibian forward.