Tin­kler ap­plies Zam­bian lessons

Su­per­Sport rest key players ahead of CAF Con­fed Cup clash with Zesco

Sowetan - - Sport - By Go­molemo Motshwane

Su­per­Sport United coach Eric Tin­kler will draw on his past ex­pe­ri­ence against Zam­bian op­po­si­tion to plot a Mat­sat­santsa vic­tory against Zesco United in the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup to­mor­row.

The Zam­bian gi­ants will meet with the Ned­bank Cup hold­ers in the quar­ter­fi­nal first leg of the con­ti­nen­tal tour­na­ment at the Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium (7pm).

Tin­kler will use to his ad­van­tage the lessons he learned as as­sis­tant coach at Or­lando Pi­rates in 2013 when they did bat­tle against Zesco’s arch-ri­vals Zanaco FC in the CAF Cham­pi­ons League semi­fi­nal.

It was Tin­kler and Roger de Sa, who was the Pi­rates head coach, who suc­cess­fully plot­ted the fall of Zanaco to ad­vance to the fi­nal.

“Yes, I have done a lot of study­ing of Zesco... They are well set up, with a lot of pace and speed,” Tin­kler said.

“They are an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult team to break down de­fen­sively. The way they play home and away is dif­fer­ent. I still think we have a bet­ter de­fence and there are ways for us to break them down.”

Mat­sat­santsa will en­ter the game on a high af­ter their 2-0 win against strug­gling Plat­inum Stars in the Absa Premier­ship on Tues­day cour­tesy of goals from Si­fiso Myeni and Jeremy Brockie.

“It was not a good per­for­mance but we got to see a few new faces and we got the three points. I told the players that we could not ac­cept any­thing less than three points.”

Af­ter rest­ing a few key players in the league win, Tin­kler has faith that he has enough depth in the squad to get a pos­i­tive re­sult at home be­fore the sec­ond leg on Septem­ber 23.

“We have a long sea­son ahead of us and a num­ber of com­pe­ti­tions. You need to have a com­pet­i­tive squad.

“That is why I rested Mor­gan Gould and Reneilwe Let­sholonyane.”

‘ ‘ They are an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult team to break down

/ GAVIN BARKER/ BACKPAGEPIX

Musa Ny­atama of Pi­rates will face his for­mer team Mar­itzburg to­mor­row.

/ LEFTY SHIVAMBU/GALLO IM­AGES

Si­fiso Myeni and Jeremy Brockie scored late as Su­per­Sport beat Plat­inum Stars.

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