Benson Shilongo of Platinum Stars is challenged by Maritzburg United's Lebohang Maboe during a league match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. Photo: Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG – Platinum Stars striker Benson Shilongo reckons it’s a matter of time before the Bafokeng-based outfit’s fortunes change this season.

Dikwena have endured a disappointing 2017/2018 campaign so far, and are second from bottom on the log standings.

The Namibian international hasonly managed two appearances this season, and was given a study leave mid-November.

However, Shilongo believes they can produce the much needed results.

“It has been a rough season for us. We have been trying to do the right things but results were not forthcoming,” Shilongo admits.

“Sometimes we lack concentration. It can be a last-minute kick that costs us the game – that has been the story of our season so far. Overall, we are pushing, working and trying to better things. It’s just not easy.

“It has been a rough season for me personally. In the first game, I got an injury and I struggled a bit to come back. At least on my return, the coach gave me advice that I must keep working hard and my chance would come.

“I am a little bit off pace with the rest of the lads. I hope I will be buzzing in January (when the league resumes for the second period).”

Shilongo has succumbed to a goal-drought himself – he last scored when he netted a brace in the 4-2 loss to Swaziland’s Mbalane Swallows in the Confederations Cup in May – but the striker believes the dry spell will end soon.

“I am going to get the goals – I am a goal-netter. I just don’t know when, but they will surely come.”

Shilongo and company have gone through some challenges at the Rustenburg-based side this campaign: the rumoured sale of the club earlier in the season; then the sacking of British-born tactician Peter Butler who barely made match-day three at the helm, and was thus given his marching orders after speculation that he had lost control of the dressing room.

In came Roger de Sa – a coach who’s not afraid to hit the road when results are not forthcoming. However, Shilongo lauds how De Sa’s demeanour changed things around.

"He’s a very good coach. He’s very open to the players; a father figure, a people’s person. One can always ask for advice, and that makes it easier to work with him," Shilongo said. “Trust me, we will come back right.’’

Dikwena are in action tonight in a bottom-of-the-table clash against defending champions Bidvest Wits at Bidvest Stadium, with kickoff at 8.15pm.


Saturday Star

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