Tin­kler knows how to mo­ti­vate play­ers


GET­TING Jeremy Brockie to fight for the Blue Badge right af­ter Su­perS­port United turned down his re­quest of to join Mamelodi Sun­downs be­fore the start of this sea­son was pretty sim­ple for Eric Tinker.

The Mat­sat­santsa a Pi­tori coach just sim­ply struck his ego, chal­leng­ing the New Zealan­der to net a to­tal num­ber of at least 20 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions, be­fore they could start talk­ing about the pos­si­bil­ity of him mov­ing to Chloorkop in the com­ing sea­son.

Not only did Tin­kler chal­lenge his goal-scor­ing prow­ess for this cam­paign, but he also opened the striker’s eyes and mind to the pos­si­bil­ity of him leav­ing the club as the club’s new all-time lead­ing goalscorer, af­ter Abram Rase­le­mane did so back in 2006 with his 57 goals be­fore he went to join Bid­vest Wits.

And that’s why Brockie’s head was in the right place when Tin­kler fielded him in their MTN8 sec­ond leg semi­fi­nal en­counter against Mar­itzburg United fol­low­ing his re­turn into the start­ing XI.

The striker ham­mered in two beau­ti­fully well-taken head­ers to help his side reach to­mor­row’s fi­nal with a 3-1 ag­gre­gate score­line, where they are set to lock horns with Cape Town City for the R8 mil­lion price money at Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium (Kick-off 7pm).

Tinker said he was pleased with how the striker re­sponded to the whole trans­fer saga, though his de­sired move to go and join the reign­ing African cham­pi­ons did not hap­pen de­spite him hav­ing shown the ini­tial in­ter­est to do so.

“And that’s the re­al­ity of foot­ball,” Tin­kler said.

“You saw this hap­pen with (Liver­pool’s) Philippe Coutinho’s (am­bi­tion to go and join FC Barcelona).

“You also saw it with (Arse­nal’s Alexis) Sanchez (dream to go and join Manch­ester City) as well. If a move doesn’t hap­pen, then you’ve got to be pro­fes­sional enough to con­tinue with what you love the most (and fight for your cur­rent club you are play­ing for). And Jeremy is one of those. He loves the game. He loves scor­ing goals and is also a very good pro­fes­sional. And that made it easy for me (to con­vince him to con­tinue fight­ing for the team).”

How­ever, Tin­kler also re­vealed that it was quite cru­cial for him to make sure that the striker felt val­ued fol­low­ing his ar­rival at the club as Mat­sat­santsa’s new coach, as fail­ure to do so, would have seen him fail to get the best per­for­mances out of the player.

“From the first day when I ar­rived here (at the club), I told him that he was our num­ber one striker,” Tin­kler said. “I also added that come the end of the sea­son, if he scores more than 20 goals (in all com­pe­ti­tions), then we would sit down and dis­cuss where his fu­ture lied (for next sea­son). If he does that (reach the 20 goal tally), then I would be a very happy man (as his coach).

“He scored a to­tal 18 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions last sea­son (and so this should be an at­tain­able feat for him to reach).”

Asked how Brockie felt about be­ing a mere six goals away from be­ing the club’s new all-time lead­ing goal-scorer, Tin­kler said: “I don’t think he hardly thinks about that. He’s a nat­u­ral goal-scorer. He’s some­body who al­ways wants to score more goals (all the time). He also has a lot of self-be­lief and confidence within him­self, and that’s key (for any pro­fes­sional foot­ball player). But above all else, he re­mains a great pro­fes­sional.”


THE MO­TI­VA­TOR: Eric Tin­kler, coach of Su­pers­port United.

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