Njabulo Ngidi
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5 Mar 2015
4:16 pm

Tinkler – derby shouldn’t decide my fate

Njabulo Ngidi

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler doesn't think it would be fair to base the decision whether he continues at the helm of the club or not on how they play in the Soweto derby.

Oupa Manyisa and Eric Tinkler during the Soweto Derby press conference at FNB Stadium on March 05, 2015 in Soweto, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

The much-anticipated clash between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in the Absa Premiership will be played on Saturday at FNB Stadium. There is a lot of pride at stake going into the encounter, especially since the Buccaneers have lost twice already this season to their rivals Amakhosi, first in the MTN8 final and first leg of the Premiership.

Chiefs will be looking to cement their place at the summit where they are 10 points clear after 21 matches.

Pirates are 14 points behind Amakhosi, with Tinkler targeting finishing in second place. It remains to be seen whether that will be enough to help him get the job on a permanent basis.

Winning the derby wouldn’t do his bid any harm.

“I would hope not,” Tinkler said on his job being decided by the derby.

“I would hope that my work in totality will determine that, not just because I won or lost the derby. The derby, yes it’s an important event and gives bragging rights to the fans, but it is not the end of the world. Life continues after the derby. Unfortunately there has to be a winner and a loser. Hopefully we are on the winning side. Whether it determines my future or not, I am not thinking about that. I am looking at collecting three points.”