Award nomination verifies Dyantyi’s star quality
Fallout with skipper not good for the coach
While Chippa United’s revolving door is famous the PSL over, coach Eric Tinkler runs the risk of having the axe fall on him for a different reason. He could have another change room fall-out on his hands after his recent bust-up with captain Mark Mayambela.
During their clash with Orlando Pirates, last week the two had an altercation on the touchline that made it appear as if the player was not following his instructions properly.
Mayambela was hastily withdrawn from the game in humiliating fashion moments before half-time.
While the winger later took to social media to apologise, perhaps the seed has already been sowed for a fictitious relationship between the coach and the player going forward.
Tinkler went further to indicate that disciplinary action would be taken against Mayambela. “Everybody saw what happened but it’s a discipline matter and we will deal with it internally,” Tinkler said.
The 48-year-old may live to regret this incident, more especially with a senior player who has great influence over the rest of the squad.
Tinkler, the former Bafana Bafana and Wits midfielder, had a similar, but less public, situation at SuperSport United where he lost the dressing room. The coach did not win favour with senior players, including Morgan Gould, Clayton Daniels and Reneilwe Letsholonyane.
An insider at the club confirmed to
Sunday World that the players were no longer reacting to
Tinkler – which led to his axing.
“After our run in the CAF Confederations Cup things took a turn for the worse and the relationship between the players and Tinkler was no longer tenable.
“The mood within the team had changed and it was no longer conducive which is why he left,” he said.
Tinkler’s record with the club has not been too impressive with three losses, two wins and one draw in all competitions since taking over at the end of August. The patience of their trigger-happy owner Chippa Mpengesi is possibly running out with the team in a lowly 11th place on the log. Springbok wing Aphiwe Dyantyi’s star continues to rise.
The Lions’ speedster has been nominated as one of three candidates for World Rugby’s Breakthrough Player of the Year Award for 2018.
Dyantyi‚ who spectacularly burst onto the scene in Super Rugby at the start of the season‚ was rewarded with selection into the Springbok squad where he continued to grab the headlines with his elusive running. His speed‚ anticipation and killer side-step have rapidly turned him into a crowd favourite.
He now has a shot at joining previous recipients of the award; New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup 2015 winner Nehe Milner-Skudder‚ England forward Maro Itoje and All Blacks winger Rieko Ioane.
The other nominees for this prestigious award‚ now in its fourth year‚ are Ireland winger Jordan Larmour and New Zealand prop Karl Tu’inukuafe.
Dyantyi celebrated with a try on debut for the Springboks against England in June and hasn’t looked back‚ starting in nine of South Africa’s Tests this year.
He has scored six tries‚ including braces against Argentina and in the win over world champions New Zealand in Wellington.
The 24-year-old was the joint top try-scorer in the Rugby Championship with five‚ as South Africa finished as runners-up.
To be eligible for this award‚ players must have played less than one year of senior international rugby‚ with former internationals Jamie Heaslip‚ Felipe Contepomi and Phaidra Knight sitting alongside members of the media on the panel that selects the shortlist.
The winner will be revealed at the World Rugby Awards‚ which take place at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo on November 25.
Mark Mayambela of Chippa United.Eric Tinkler