Am­bi­tion the push for Eric

Tin­kler joins Su­perS­port with an eye to ‘grow­ing’ like Mosi­mane and Hunt did

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MOHAU RAMASHIDJA

ERIC TIN­KLER’S de­ci­sion to part ways with Cape Town City was not in­flu­enced by money as his for­mer boss, John Comi­tis, was will­ing to match the of­fer Su­perS­port United made to him.

But rather, it was trig­gered by the am­bi­tion he has of tap­ing into a new level in his coach­ing ca­reer.

This comes af­ter the new Su­perS­port United head coach ob­served how the likes of fel­low coaches Pitso Mosi­mane and Gavin Hunt went on to achieve great things in their re­spec­tive ca­reers af­ter serv­ing un­der his new em­ploy­ers.

Mosi­mane went on to win last year’s CAF Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle, af­ter hav­ing served as a Bafana Bafana coach, while Hunt, the reign­ing PSL cham­pion, won the league ti­tle three times in a row with Mat­sat­santsa be­fore he parted ways with them to go and join his cur­rent side, Bid­vest Wits.

Tin­kler, who penned a three-year deal with the Tsh­wane side lead­ing up to the new sea­son, said he hoped to achieve a sim­i­lar type of suc­cess in his ca­reer as well.

“The de­ci­sion to join Su­perS­port United came about a few days ago,” Tin­kler, said yes­ter­day. “It was a dif­fi­cult one be­cause I just had a fan­tas­tic sea­son with Cape Town City this past cam­paign. And se­condly, I had al­ready moved my fam­ily down there to the Mother City as well. But when Su­perS­port came to me with their of­fer, I lis­tened and thought it was def­i­nitely a no-brainer.

“And that’s be­cause they are a very suc­cess­ful foot­ball club which is very am­bi­tious. They have a fan­tas­tic youth de­vel­op­ment sys­tem as well.

“There are coaches who came here like Gavin and Pitso who’ve done ex­tremely well for the club be­fore they moved up to big­ger and bet­ter things in their ca­reers,” Tin­kler added. “Hope­fully that will hap­pen for me as well as I con­tinue pro­gress­ing in my coach­ing ca­reer. I be­lieve that there’s no bet­ter place to try and do ex­actly that than here at Su­perS­port.”

Tin­kler, who’s been to both the CAF Cham­pi­ons League and the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup fi­nals dur­ing his stint at Or­lando Pi­rates, said he hoped to lead his new side to con­ti­nen­tal glory once he takes over.

“I’m a very am­bi­tious coach,” Tin­kler said. “They are the club who have fin­ished within the top eight bracket for the last 17 years and we will try to keep that record go­ing.

“I of­fi­cially start in my new coach­ing job on 1 July. Kai­tano (Tembo) will con­tinue with his du­ties in the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup and Stu­art (Bax­ter) will be in charge of the team when they play in the Ned­bank Cup fi­nal.

“I know it’s a bit of a strange sit­u­a­tion but you just have to ac­cept and move on with it.

“And yes,” Tin­kler added. “I want to achieve what Pitso did in Africa. Sure I’ve been in two con­ti­nen­tal fi­nals but the truth is (he hasn’t had enough of it). I re­ally want to go back there and try to win the (Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup) ti­tle this time around.

“And what bet­ter team to do it with than with an am­bi­tious side such as Su­perS­port United.”

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