- Platinum Stars lost to Vipers 1-0 in the first leg but won the return match 3-1 in the preliminary round.
- They also lost 2-0 to AS Tanda away but won by the same score at home to progress via a penalty shootout.
Following his side’s elimination of Ivory Coast’s AS Tanda to reach the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup, Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson was a delighted tactician.
Platinum Stars, a side that ended Vipers’ adventure in the competition lost the first leg 2-0 but progressed after winning the return leg in South Africa 2-0 to tie on aggregate and went on to win the penalty shootout 5-4 in Rustenburg.
“I am very happy. It’s good for the players. I have always said that if you go to group stages, it gives you more experience,” he said via the club’s official Twitter account.
It gives the youngsters a chance to travel and see what Africa is like and to appreciate what South Africa is like.
Johnson said that despite losing 2-0 in the first leg, he remained optimistic his charges would overturn the scores in South Africa.
Observing the team we were up against in Ivory Coast [AS Tanda], we knew we stand a chance in South Africa if we held the ball better. If we were able to get into the box, we knew we would score. We had to hold the ball in the box because they look jittery in the box.
The Dikwena have a chance to meet another Ugandan opponent in KCCA who also qualified for the group stage of the competition.