Tinotenda Nyanzira, Sports Reporter
FC Platinum coach Lizwe Sweswe says they are focused in their CAF Champions League encounter against Etoile du Sahel this Saturday at Barbourfields.
Sweswe’s men lost 2-1 in their opening match away to Al-Hilal of Sudan.
They are facing du Sahel who beat Al Ahly 1-0 in the opening match.
Sweswe said they need to do better this time around and bounce back to winning ways to keep their hopes going beyond the group stage alive.
On balancing both the league and the Champions League, Sweswe said he is focused on both fixtures.
“It’s a tricky situation but what we can do is that we are the ones representing Zimbabwe in the CAF Champions League so we cannot do anything about it but to just play our fixtures.
“We have to do better this time around and I believe anything can be achievable if we play well so I think we can win this game.
“We also have to bounce back because we still want to compete and there are still plenty of games to mark our point on our group.
“We also have to be careful in our selection, to avoid a possibility of fatigue and injuries so we will definitely rotate players in order to balance things,” he said.
The Pure Platinum Play gaffer also commented on continuing playing their home matches at Barbourfields.
CAF announced the Zvishavane miners’ fortress – Mandava – cannot host an international match together with the giant National Sports Stadium.
“It’s a shame because our fans at home need to see their team but with this hard economic challenges we feel for our fans and even the team because it’s nice playing at our own yard.
“However, we are now used playing at Barbourfields and the players have adjusted too,” he added.
The defending champions have a tight schedule ahead as they have two PSL fixtures ahead.
And Sweswe is aware of that saying defending the title is a top priority.
“I think I will prioritise one important thing which can be achievable and at hand which is the league so I will push on the two games and try to do better on the CAF Champions League matches as well,” said Sweswe.