Highlands Park’s 1-1 stalemate against relegation-threatened Polokwane City at the Locus Moripe Stadium on Saturday had Owen Da Gama expressing his concern over the “abnormal situation” of the heavily congested fixture schedule for all the Premier Soccer League (PSL) sides.
The 2019/20 campaign resumed on Saturday, 08 August in a Bio-Safe Environment (BSE) situated in Gauteng following its suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic in March.
Da Gama like many other coaches in the Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship is bummed out, stating that players are ‘tired’.
“It is an abnormal situation, you can see from the different scores that are coming, Sundowns losing by three goals, it is not easy, it is a difficult time for everybody and the players are tired,” said Da Gama.
“But we will keep on fighting, we live to fight another day, we have played three games in eight days, it takes its toll, at least we have a week before we play again.
“I mean it is the same for all the teams, so there are no complaints about it but we need to understand to manage the situation and that is the tricky part but now we have seven days before our next game so we will try and manage our player and try and get them refreshed as best as possible,” concluded the ‘Lions of the North mentor.
Highlands will next face Maritzburg on Saturday, 29 August at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto.
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