Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson is confident of turning around a 1-0 deficit against Vipers Sports Club in the Caf Confederation Cup.

Stars lost the first round first leg game by a solitary goal away in Uganda last weekend.

But Johnson felt his team were short-changed by the match officiating as well as the pitch conditions and expects a different story at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday night (8pm kick-off).

"I don't think the football field is a field for playing this type of competition. For the support and other things well done to Vipers," he said.

"They won and we are happy to go home with 1-0. We know back home, we will have a different plan. We will play better football and hopefully we will have a better ref as well.

"When we were about to score or take an attempt the whistle went off. We can overcome those things when we are at home.

"When you get to South Africa, be prepared to play on a better pitch and better referee," he added.

Vipers, though, will not go down without a fight - the Ugandan side are unbeaten in their last nine matches in all competitions and are in fifth position on the domestic standings.

Stars, however, are also enjoying solid form - they have won six of their last nine matches in all competitions and go into the weekend clash on the back of a hard-fought 3-2 victory over AmaZulu in the Nedbank Cup, while Johnson has no major injury issues to worry about.

Dikwena have also managed to scored 10 goals in their last five outings, while Vipers have mustered only four goals in their past five fixtures.