FC PLATINUM will have to deal with a tight schedule as they are set to play three ‘important’ games in eight days with coach Lizwe Sweswe saying it’s time for his boys to show character.
The defending champions face Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia in a CAF Champions League encounter at Barbourfields this Saturday.
After that, they host Black Rhinos midweek in a Premiership encounter before travelling to CAPS United for the final match of the season next weekend.
Pure Platinum’s rivals in the title race – CAPS United and Chicken Inn – will not have played a match in at least sixteen days.
There was no Premiership action the previous weekend because of the Chibuku Super Cup final but Platinum were in Sudan for a Champions League encounter against Al-Hilal.
Again, there is no Premiership action this weekend but Platinum have a CAF game – against du Sahel.
Sweswe said while he wishes everyone sees this ‘disadvantage’ on their side, they were aware of a possible tight schedule.
He said it is time for his boys to rise to the occasion and go against odds to get positive results.
“The reality is it’s not favouring us and I wish everyone sees it that way. But what do we have to do? Do you think we can postpone CAF game and have time to rest for league just like others? No, we just have to deal with the situation which we were aware of after all.
“To say fatigue will not affect us would be just running away from reality, but it’s the time we have to show character and manage the situation,” said Sweswe.
Sweswe, who took over after the departure of Norman Mapeza at Mandava, said he gave his boys a rest and will only resume preparations for du Sahel today.
“We are resting and we will resume preparations tomorrow (today) since we have just returned from Sudan.
“So we are preparing with the other two games ahead of this one in mind. We are playing all these matches in a short space of time,” he said.
The tactician, however, said all the matches are important to them and are looking forward to positive results.
“This one (Etoile du Sahel) is important, we want to do better in the Champions League, we have said it before.
“We want to retain the league, it’s not a secret which again makes those games important,” said Sweswe.