NedbankCup : I’m very happy for the boys & moving into the next round, Tinkler

NedbankCup : I’m very happy for the boys & moving into the next round, Tinkler

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler is happy with the team performance and explains that the Motupa’s best is yet to come

Orlando Pirates knocked-out Kaizer Chiefs 2 – 0 courtesy of Tendai Ndoro brace in the Nedbank Cup on Saturday afternoon. The first half ended 0 – 0 with both teams missing an array of chances and wayward passing was the order of that half.

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“Tendai’s work-rate needed to increase. We’re a team in which everybody needs to work, and we can see he is doing that now,” Tinkler told SuperSport.

“Also, we know he has great ability in front of goals, and when he gets the opportunity he must shoot because we know that nine out of 10 times he will hit the back of the net.

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“But the most important is his work-rate, which we are now seeing from him, and the way he expresses himself, which is also very important.”

“We see Tendai’s ability to score in training. He knows that it’s also about more than just scoring. He is starting to defend well”

On the match, Tinkler added: “We started the game very well. Tendai created a chance on his own in the opening couple of minutes of the game, then in the seventh minute there was a cross that I felt Gift Motupa should have put away.”

“Kaizer Chiefs also started playing well so it put us under pressure but we had the momentum even when they were stealing the ball.  I’m very happy for the boys & moving into the next round” he added

“We could have found ourselves in the lead very early, which is what we tried to do – that was basically our plan and preparation ahead of the game. After that we lost our focus, our discipline, and they started to dominate a lot more and looked a lot more threatening.” he said

When asked about Gift Motupa performance, Tinkler said  “When Gift missed his confidence went down a bit. I spoke to him at halftime to see how he was coping so we let him play on in the second half. Gift will come right & will be a superstar of this league. He is still learning. It’s his 1st PSL season”

Tinkler explained the reason for bringing on Qalinge “Memela worked very hard & made some good runs. Qalinge coming in gave us a different edge”

“But at half-time we rectified it; I explained the importance of coming out and starting well, which is what we did. Our confidence grew, particularly after the goal that Tendai scored, and I though the second goal was also a fantastic goal. I’m very proud of the boys …it was a good performance today.”

Tinkler admitted that the criticism from media was understandable

“We’ve had alot of criticism in the press, which has been warranted. But also very little support when we’re doing big things

On whether he feels that Mhlongo should be called up for Bafana Bafana Tinkler said  “Brighton has a lot to learn as a keeper & he’ll be the 1st to tell you that. I can’t speak for Shakes & his national call-ups.  The best we can do is give him an environment where he can thrive & do his thing when called upon”