Platinum Stars pushing to finish ahead of Kaizer Chiefs

Platinum Stars got their own Shabba

Stars got their own Shabba (Photo by The Citizen)

Platinum Stars midfielder Tintswalo Tshabalala has highlighted the importance of finishing in the Absa Premiership’s top three ahead of their penultimate match of the season on Wednesday.

Dikwena are currently third on the league table and victory over Bloemfontein Celtic n Rustenburg will guarantee they stay there and qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup.

Tshabalala says that reaching the continental competition is a massive motivation factor for the club.

“These last two games are a must win,” he said. “We have to do well so that we can play in Africa.

“Most of the guys wish to play in CAF. We are ready. We had a target at the beginning of the season. Our target was to be in the top five so we have done well.”

Anything less than victory, however, will open the door for Kaizer Chiefs, who are two points back in fourth. Mpumalanga Black Aces are also in with a shout from fifth place, where they sit four points adrift of Cavin Johnson’s side.

Stars take on Siwelele at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, before travelling to Tshwane to face champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the final game of the campaign on May 21.

Tshabalala says it is imperative to sew up their fate before that game at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

He added: “It’s a game that we must win because it’s a home game. We have to work hard and win the game. It’s going to be a lovely game for our supporters. They must come in numbers because we are going to win the game.

“I don’t think it’s going to be a difficult game. I am confident we will get the three points. I am confident because we play as a team. You can look at the way we played against Orlando Pirates and we went to Free State Stars and did the same.”