No nos­tal­gia to foul Tin­kler in crunch fi­nal

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Su­per­Sport United coach Eric Tin­kler says there will be no room for sen­ti­ment when he comes face to face with former team Cape Town City in the MTN8 fi­nal at Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium on Satur­day.

Tin­kler coached City in their first PSL cam­paign last sea­son when he helped them to a third­place fin­ish and also to Telkom Knock­out suc­cess.

“There is no sen­ti­ment be­cause if you are a pro­fes­sional‚ you move on. It is about Su­per­Sport United and win­ning things for them now‚” the former Bafana Bafana de­fen­sive mid­fielder said as United pre­pared for a clash that has all the in­gre­di­ents of a thriller.

“We are go­ing there with the at­ti­tude and men­tal­ity that we want to win‚ and if that hap­pens we will cel­e­brate with hu­mil­ity. At the end of the match, we will still be friends re­gard­less of what hap­pened.”

Tin­kler‚ now in his third full sea­son as a PSL coach after his time at Or­lando Pirates and Cape Town City‚ dis­missed sug­ges­tions that he would have an edge over former Bafana team­mate Benni McCarthy‚ who is in his first sea­son as head coach of the Cape side.

“Stu­art Bax­ter left a very good foun­da­tion here at Su­per­Sport United and that is one of the main rea­sons why I chose to come here — be­cause of the qual­ity of per­son­nel at the club‚” the Su­per­Sport’s coach said.

“But at the same time, I am bring­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent and new to the club, and I have my own be­liefs and phi­los­o­phy.

“It will be the same at Cape Town City with Benni‚ who will have a dif­fer­ent view on how he wants to play. I have seen that and it is fairly dif­fer­ent to the way we were play­ing.

“He has changed the squad a lit­tle‚ but an ad­van­tage I have is that I know the strengths and weak­nesses of the play­ers who were in the City squad last sea­son‚ and I will pass that in­for­ma­tion on to my play­ers.”

Tin­kler re­vealed that apart from long-term in­juries to Onis­mor Bhasera and Thato Mokeke‚ he has a clean bill of health go­ing into the fi­nal.

“Bhasera and Mokeke have been out for a while and we ex­pect them to be back around mid-Novem­ber.

“Ev­ery­body is fit and rar­ing to go – the guys who came back from the na­tional team are all good. Bradley Grob­ler had a bit of a knock on the an­kle but he is fine. Mor­gan Gould‚ Clay­ton Daniels and Ron­wen Wil­liams are good.” /

Clay­ton Daniels

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