Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson expects Cape Town City to be in search of revenge

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Stars are one of only four teams to have beaten the title-chasing Citizens so far this season when Dikwena emphatically destroyed City 4-0 in their first round match just before the Christmas break.

And given that heavy trouncing, Johnson says he expects nothing less than a revenge match from Eric Tinkler’s troops as the Mother City side look to reclaim top spot in the league standings.

“They [Cape Town City] will obviously be hurting and want to seek some sort of revenge,” Johnson tells KickOff.com.

“Credit must be given to [Eric] Tinkler for the work he has done. City plays a different brand of soccer from the rest of the [South African] teams and this gives them the edge.

“But we’ve prepared well as we are also aware they want revenge but we will be up for the match,” says the former Ajax Cape Town mentor.

Johnson, who also has one eye on their CAF Confederation Cup second-leg tie against AS Tanda on Saturday, will be hoping for a positive result against the Cape-based side.

Stars were beaten 2-0 by the Ivorian club during their first-leg clash last week in the Stade Robert Champroux in Abidjan.

Johnson added he is also thoroughly enjoying their ride in the continental showpiece, despite all its challenges.

“I’m quite confident we can score three goals at home and beat them. We're enjoying every minute and making the most of it,” Johnson concludes.