“It is going to be a massive task, and in this league, no matter who you are, it is a difficult league and I think it has been shown time and time again. Anybody on any given day can beat anybody,” said Tinkler.
The former Orlando Pirates mentor is, however, adamant that he has assembled a strong enough squad to compete next season. The Mother City-based side have added striker Lehlohonolo Majoro in their attacking arsenal.
Interestingly, Majoro appeared to have fallen out of favour and was frustrated at Pirates last season under Tinkler. However, the former Bafana Bafana defender says survival is the main mandate.
“I personally think that we have put together a strong and competitive team and we need to be consistent in terms of our performances, we need stability to ensure that we keep ourselves in this league, and the sooner we do that, the better. It is obviously very important that we start on the front foot, which I think is what happened with Aces last season – they started extremely well and they started fading towards the end. But right now for us if we could emulate that, it would be ideal, so that by December we are guaranteed our survival in the league, then we can start targeting bigger things,” he said.
“We want to play entertaining football, it is the type of football that I enjoy playing – we are a possession-based team, but at the same time, we are playing in a competitive league, and besides that, this is what people want to see. We know our responsibility as a team, we are growing. We want to bring people to the stadium, and we do that by entertaining, but also ensuring that we climb the table … that is the only way you keep bums on seats,” he added.
The one issue that has always been a talking point in South African football is empty stadiums, but Tinkler seems to have found a way around the problem, and he calls it “fantastic football”.
“The harsh reality especially in our country is that it is only when the team is winning then we start supporting them. We know that the responsibility lies on our shoulders and we want to do it by playing fantastic football. What then becomes important now is creating the consistency going forward.”