PSL : You can’t go wrong with youngsters, Cavin Johnson
Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson has revealed that he will look to youngsters in order to refresh and reinforce the team for next season.
The 57-year-old coach says he will promote a number of young players from Dikwena’s development structures to strengthen the team ahead of next season.
Dikwena gave a good account of themselves by finishing third on the 2015/2016 log.
With the season over, a lot of teams are set to go into the market in search of new players. Johnson, a firm believer in youth, says he will promote a number of youngsters to strengthen the team ahead of next season. Majority of them will come from the team’s development structures
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Johnson feels the youngsters got valuable experience from participating in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge last season, reports the Platinum Stars website.
‘I think the market is saturated with players especially for a team of our caliber that is looking to build in the future. We will go into the transfer market around the corner from us which is our academy,’ the coach said.
‘I think we have a lot of good players that did very well in the MDC. We are looking to bring them into our team and they will learn what is it to play in international football and come back into the PSL and start a new generation of quality players coming from my club.
This season Dikwena finished third on the Absa Premiership standings and Johnson believes that next season he will strengthen his side with seven or eight young players.
‘You will probably see seven or eight players coming next year into my team. I think they are ready. They just need to be given the platform and the guidance in order to play in the PSL,’ Johnson added.
Johnson is renowned for discovering former Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar.
Throughout his coaching career, at different levels and teams, Johnson, who has also coached youths at the School of Excellence and Ajax Cape Town, has not shied away from giving youngsters a chance to showcase their talents.
This season South African youth international Kobamelo Kodisang, Thamsanqa Gwabeni, 22, and Michael Mabule 24 made their debuts under the tutelage of Johnson.
The trio held their own even in matches against top teams
Platinum Stars will be hoping to improve on a very successful season, claiming 13 victories, nine draws and eight defeats, ending the season on 47 points, 10 points behind second-placed Bidvest Wits.