Platinum Stars chairman Cliff Ramoroa confident of survival under coach Cavin Johnson

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Dikwena are hovering just three points above the relegation zone, albeit with a match in hand on bottom duo Highlands Park and Baroka.

Stars tonight will face African champions Mamelodi Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium (18h00), and naturally Ramoroa is hopeful they can ease their survival concerns.

Ramoroa told the club's website: “We find ourselves in that position now and obviously it has been a rough season. We are left with five matches. I met the coach to give my message of support this week. He is energetic and looking forward to really turn things around. I believe that everyone will be pushing according to the plan that he would be presenting to them,” said Ramoroa.

“I believe the coach, his technical team and the players can be able to hold it until the end of the season. I strongly believe that we will be able to clinch a few games to be able to come out the situation that we are in now. The team is very strong. The coach and the team are looking forward to ensuring that things happen.

“People shouldn’t lose hope. We are still in shape. Five games have 15 points and we can clinch a number of points from there. This is the time that supporters should really be behind the team and they should give the coach and the players hope. We need them to rally behind the team and make sure that we remain in the PSL.”

While Johnson's charges are struggling domestically they are impressing in the CAF Confederation Cup. The Phokeng-based outfit will open their Group B campaign against MC Alger on the weekend of May 12-14, with matches to follow against CS Sfaxien and Mbabane Swallows.

Ramoroa believes the side can go far in the continental showpiece.

“Considering the number of players and the material that we have, we have done exceptionally well to reach the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup. The coach and the team have done well with limited resources. This is good and I believe they will reach high levels within the CAF competition.”