Cape Town - Under-fire University of Pretoria coach Sammy Troughton has lamented the fixture disruptions caused by the FIFA international break, with his team only scheduled to play their next match on December 20.
The underperforming AmaTuks have been struggling to find form, partly as a result of the stop-start nature of the Absa Premiership, according to Troughton.
The coach desperately needs to whip his players into shape as AmaTuks are struggling at the wrong end of the table with one win, two draws and six defeats.
"Having to wait six weeks to play your next game after just nine games into the season is not ideal for us as coaches and players, who want to be preparing for games within a week or two - at most - of playing them," Troughton told KickOff.
"For me as a coach, I want to be playing matches rather than having to go through such long breaks without any games.
"This basically means we must go into a mini pre-season, yet we have already played a third of the season.
"It is not conducive at all; it is actually frustrating because how does a player stay motivated at training, when the next game is six weeks away?"