Manyama dis­ap­pointed, not sur­prised by Tin­kler move

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MAZOLA MOLEFE

CAPE Town City cap­tain Le­bo­gang Manyama says he was not shocked by coach Eric Tin­kler’s de­ci­sion to look for pas­tures anew, de­spite learn­ing of his res­ig­na­tion on so­cial me­dia the day prior to him be­ing un­veiled as the new Su­perS­port United coach.

Tin­kler, who has been lauded for a re­mark­able 2016/17 sea­son with the Mother City side for fin­ish­ing third in the league and win­ning the Telkom Knock­out cup, re­places Stu­art Bax­ter, the re­cently ap­pointed Bafana Bafana coach, from July 1.

“We meet to part in foot­ball at the end of the day.

“Noth­ing lasts for­ever,” was Manyama’s re­ac­tion to con­fir­ma­tion that Tin­kler had in­deed quit.

The striker has trav­elled to Uyo for South Africa’s 2019 Africa Cup of Na­tions open­ing qual­i­fier against Nige­ria to­mor­row at the Godswill Ak­pabio In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium.

“He saw an op­por­tu­nity for him and his fam­ily first and fore­most. “We have to re­spect that. “We can’t judge what he did be­cause he knows his rea­sons. And he prob­a­bly feels with more re­sources and a slightly bet­ter squad at Su­perS­port he can achieve more suc­cess. All we can do is wish him the best and be thank­ful for all the time we spent with him at Cape Town City.

“You can see with our fans’ re­ac­tion that it is dis­ap­point­ing to see him go, but that is foot­ball. We have to move and find ways to con­tinue where we left off. There is no doubt that he will al­ways be re­mem­bered be­cause of the sea­son we had and him be­ing coach.”

Manyama is an ex-Su­perS­port player him­self and knows ex­actly what will be ex­pected of Tin­kler at a club that per­haps punched be­low their weight un­der Bax­ter in the sea­son that has just ended by fin­ish­ing in fifth place and reach­ing the Ned­bank Cup fi­nal, which is sched­uled for June 24.

“I haven’t spo­ken to him since the last day of the sea­son, so I read in the pa­pers that he was go­ing,” said the Premier League Golden Boot win­ner. “But when a team like Su­perS­port comes call­ing, you have to think of your fam­ily. He also has to se­cure his fu­ture. I don’t know the real rea­sons, but I think that is part of it. You never know whether you can pull it off un­til you are there. Look at Zine­dine Zi­dane at Real Madrid. He didn’t have the ex­pe­ri­ence but has achieved great suc­cess. I am not say­ing coach Tin­kler doesn’t have the ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause he has coached at (Or­lando) Pi­rates and played at the high­est level, but you can’t judge any­body when they haven’t even done any­thing. Let’s wait and see what he does and then we can talk from there, but I don’t doubt his abil­ity.”

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