Tinkler’s side beat Polokwane City 2-0 at the Cape Town Stadium with goals coming from Bongolwethu Jayiya and Aubrey Ngoma.
Tinkler had to rebuild the squad after he inherited 15 players from Mpumalanga Black Aces, who sold their status to Cape Town businessman John Comitis.
“When I arrived here we had no defence. We had a right-back only in Kobola. We had to rebuild the whole defence and strengthen the team,” said Tinkler.
“Truth be told, I knew I would only know where we are after today. After the 90 minutes I have a true reflection of where we are and whether we made the right choices in terms of the players we brought in. I feel we have.
“But there is still a lot of work to be done, these guys need to get a better understanding in terms of their strengths and their weaknesses, and playing together. We need to create some sort of cohesion and consistency in our play.
“Do I think we have the talent here? I do. Will we be competitive this year? I think we will be.
“To build a new club you need good football. But people also want to watch winners.”