Owen Da Gama says Highlands Park are not prepared to face Mamelodi Sundowns in their first Absa Premiership.
The Lions of the North take on the Brazilians in their first league game in over four months, since the suspension of competitive action in March.
Sundowns have already played two games, a 3-2 Nedbank Cup victory over Bidvest Wits before drawing 0-0 with Orlando Pirates in the Premiership.
Highlands Park last lost to Sundowns in their Nedbank quarter-final, and have not won a game in their last six encounters, last beating Bloemfontein Celtic in February.
Ahead of Friday's clash at Dobsonville Stadium, Da Gama admitted his side will face a tough task against Sundowns.
Speaking to the Sowetan, Da Gama said: "Nobody can get it 100% right because it hasn't been long since we started training but we have tried to manage the boys as best as possible.
"Going into the first match‚ I don't think there is anyone who will say they are ready and I don’t think that we are prepared.
"We only started playing 11 versus 11 at training last week because we had to introduce the players gradually due to the health and regulations that we had to follow. I started training with four players‚ moved to six‚ eight‚ ten until we had 22 last week."
Da Gama added: "Sundowns have two games under their belt already and they will be much more prepared than us‚ but in saying that there is nothing we can do about it. We just have to be as prepared as we can be."
- TEAMtalk media