Stars shine bright for Johnson
STAND-IN Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson has raised his hand for a full-time job with a terrific run of results.
Along with joint caretaker coach Allan Freeze, Johnson guided Stars to a fantastic 2-1 league win over Mamelodi Sundowns in midweek, a victory that put the duo in the spotlight.
Asked if he wanted to take over on a permanent basis, Johnson said: "I haven't been offered the job yet. But if offered I'd accept it. But I can't answer further questions on that. You'll have to ask the club management.
"I came in as a caretaker and I'm glad we are doing a good job."
Johnson has overseen a remarkable turnaround at Dikwena, who had been huffing and puffing under suspended Owen da Gama.
They picked up the odd win, but are only now showing the consistency needed to pull away from relegation danger. Under Johnson and Freeze, the team registered four wins, three draws and one defeat in their last eight league games and are now eyeing a top-eight finish.
It was the victory over title-chasing Sundowns, however, that has made people sit up and take notice. Stars had to hang on for dear life for the victory, but courage saw them through.
Downs coach Johan Neeskens remains optimistic of league glory, playing down the shock defeat.
"It's our first loss in 14 games. I think we are the most consistent team so far," he said. And he's confident of victory over Maritzburg United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium tomorrow.