Award nom­i­na­tion ver­i­fies Dyan­tyi’s star qual­ity

Fall­out with skip­per not good for the coach

Sunday World - - Sport - By Go­molemo Motshwane By Liam Del Carme

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.

Syd­ney Mahlangu / Back­pagePix /

Mark Mayam­bela of Chippa United.Eric Tin­kler

Muzi Ntombela / Back­pagePix /

Aphiwe Dyan­tyi.

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