11 October 2019 – Coach Dan Malesela has called for his squad to adjust their minds ahead of what promises to be a very demanding period for TS Galaxy. The Rockets have been pitted against Nigerian powerhouse, Enyimba in the final play-off stage of the Total CAF Confederations Cup where the winners of the two-legged affair will advance to the group stages of the tournament.
The first leg will be away on Sunday, 27 October before the return leg a week later on 3 November.
The reigning Nedbank Cup champions have surprised many in their fairy-tale run in the competition and even with the underdogs title to their name, they remain a serious force to be reckoned with.
Speaking to the club’s website, Malesela said he has seen Enyimba play when they faced Mamelodi Sundowns but cautioned against planning too much on what he last saw, saying that he would rather focus on working from his team’s strengths.
“I have seen a bit of this team when they played Sundowns. You cannot say teams will be the same when you play them. I prefer focusing on my team and making necessary adjustments according to how the game dictates us to play it. There are some games where you know you are in control and you don’t have to do much but there are matches that require you to adjust your game plan. There are so many ways of playing a match and the match itself will inform you what to do” said Malesela.
Commenting on balancing the demanding schedule of continental and domestic football, Malesela said it requires a very fine balance of his squad as both competitions require adequate preparation and planning.
“It is just how you need to manage the players and strike a balance. We don’t have everyone registered for CAF which at least gives us fresh legs in the league. There’s a fairly balanced way of doing it for now although we need to register more players for the competition (CAF Confederations Cup) if we want to progress even further. We got into this situation knowing very well what will happen when we advance further, so it is a matter of adjusting our minds accordingly and giving it our best on both fronts” concluded Malesela.
The Rockets will be back in action on Wednesday, 16 October when they face Moroka Swallows in a Glad Africa Championship fixture at 15h30 before welcoming JDR Stars at home on Sunday, 20 October in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.
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