Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
FC Platinum coach Lizwe Sweswe says they are not intimidated going into tomorrow’s CAF Champions League encounter against African heavy weight Etoile du Sahel at Barbourfields.
Sweswe reiterates the target is to go beyond the group stage after they were knocked out at this stage last season.
The Zimbabweans are coming from a 2-1 defeat to Sudan’s Al-Hilal in their opening match last week, while their opponents won 1-0 over Egypt’s Al Ahly, who complete Group B.
“As we have said before, the idea is to perform better and do better compared to previous achievements.
“We are treating them like any other opponents in this competition, the boys are ready,” said Sweswe.
Sweswe, however, acknowledges the threat posed by the Tunisians, who have experience in continental football.
“They are good opponents, it’s not gonna be easy. The whole group is tough but we are not at this stage by default because we passed through stages.
“But yes they (du Sahel) are a threat which means we need to be tactical just knowing what we want to achieve. We definitely want a positive result, a result that gives us hope going forward,” he said.
Sweswe is likely to throw everything at the Tunisians having employed attacking tactics in Sudan, and nothing will stop them on home soil.
“The boys know what is at stake, we are aiming for a positive result so we have to play for positive results.
“I believe anything can be achievable if we play with a positive mind. We can win this game,” he said.
The Zvishavane miners have a tight schedule ahead as they also have two decisive league games this coming week.
For Sweswe, it is the time for his boys to prove why they are champions.
Platinum have the chance to retain the championship for a third year running if they win their remaining matches – against Black Rhinos and CAPS United.
This will see them book a ticket to participate in next year’s CAF Champions League competition.
“Yes we want to perform better in Champions League but we also have to win the league to participate again next season.
“This means all the matches are equally important. We will adjust to the situation and do everything to get positive results,” said Sweswe.