FC Platinum defender Lawrence Mhlanga says they need to regroup and prepare for their next CAF Champions League encounter against Etoile du Sahel at Barbourfields on Saturday.
Pure Platinum Play suffered a 2-1 defeat to Sudanese side Al-Hilal in their opening match last Friday.
Mohamed Musa Eldai’s brace was enough for the home team to seal victory.
Never Tigere scored from a free kick 10 minutes before the final whistle.
“I think we came into the game late, when we tried to have a comeback it was too late.
“We controlled the game in the last minute and l thought we could have won it but it just wasn’t our day.
“It was our first game and we still have more games to go. So we just have to regroup and focus on the upcoming games,” he said.
Platinum are in Group B – a tough group – with Al Ahly, Al Hilal and Etoile du Sahel.
“We have a difficult assignment considering that we have to compete in two championships. But that’s not new to us we’ve been in this situation before.
“We just have to keep the focus and concentrate on each game as it comes, I think we can handle it. We believe in ourselves and what we are capable of doing,” he said.
Mhlanga says they will bank on the home advantage when they play du Sahel.
“We will be at home and l think we need to capitalize on that. These teams are difficult to play with when they’re home because of their environment and their huge fan base.
“So we have to make sure that we collect maximum points at home. We will be ready for them when they come,” he said.
He added: “I can’t really say which team is difficult to play or which team we will win or lose to. But we will just try to do our best in each and every game and we are hoping for the best in the upcoming games.
“We have been preparing hard for these games since we knew we will be playing and l think we are ready despite the setback we had in Sudan.”