Tin­kler sup­presses his ef­fer­ves­cence

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CAPE TOWN CITY coach Eric Tin­kler is de­ter­mined to keep his feet planted firmly on terra firma, and he’s not about to al­low him­self or his squad to be lured into any delu­sions of grandeur af­ter the Cape club’s promis­ing start to the PSL sea­son.

In a lofty fourth po­si­tion on the PSL stand­ings, City are back in ac­tion af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break when they host Baroka FC at Cape Town Sta­dium tonight (8.15pm kick­off).

“This is a long league,” Tinker said. “There’s still a long way to go. Our ob­jec­tive is just to make sure we get bet­ter week af­ter week. We have to con­tinue to im­prove and show con­sis­tency, both as a team and as in­di­vid­u­als.

“If I re­flect on how things have gone, I’m happy with the start, but at the same time I’m dis­ap­pointed, in that we left quite a few points on the field.

“If I look back at our per­for­mances against Or­lando Pi­rates and High­lands Park away from home, those were cer­tainly games we could have won.”

Tin­kler is also well aware that in Baroka, City are deal­ing with a po­ten­tial ba­nana peel.

Bak­gaga are last sea­son’s NFD cham­pi­ons, and this is their first sea­son in the topflight, so they are mo­ti­vated to show they be­long.

Tin­kler ad­mits his side will have to be on song to avoid slip­ping up against the PSL new­com­ers.

“They’re an un­pre­dictable team,” he said. “They had a bad re­sult against Chippa United in their last out­ing, but they would have had time to work on rec­ti­fy­ing things dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional break.

“As such, it’s im­por­tant that we keep work­ing hard and we’ll have to be at our best to get a re­sult.

“I’ve al­ways said that it’s these games, against the so-called smaller teams, that are im­por­tant. Against the big clubs, there’s no need for mo­ti­va­tion, they play­ers know what is ex­pected.

“That is why, when we play Baroka (tonight), I want the same ef­fort, and the same per­for­mance and con­sis­tency, the team gives when play­ing Chiefs or Pi­rates.”

Mean­while, City will have to do with­out pow­er­ful striker Ju­das Moseamedi, who was in­jured in a re­cent friendly.

Tin­kler is erring on the side of cau­tion as he wants Moseamedi back for next week’s Telkom Knock­out match against Bloem­fontein Celtic, so is af­ford­ing him time to re­cover.

In re­lated news, City have al­lowed Aus­tralian for­ward James Brown to re­turn home.

Tin­kler ex­plained: “We are sorry to lose James, he’s a tal­ented player and I thought he would have been a ben­e­fit to the squad. But he has strug­gled to ad­just, he missed home.

“At the same time while play­ing here, he was also study­ing, as he wants to make a ca­reer in busi­ness law in the fu­ture, and I think he re­alised that it wasn’t pos­si­ble to do both.

“He asked to go back home and we agreed to his re­quest, we won’t stand in a player’s way.”

But, for Tin­kler and City, it’s all sys­tems go. They are fully com­mit­ted to their vi­sion of cap­tur­ing the hearts of the Cape’s foot­ball fol­low­ers.

Tonight is an­other op­por­tu­nity for them to build on the good work they’ve done off the field, and to con­tinue their im­pres­sive per­for­mance curve on it.

ERIC TIN­KLER: Treat­ing Baroka like Chiefs

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