Njabulo Ngidi
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10 Jul 2015
5:01 pm

Tinkler calls for Orlando Pirates support

Njabulo Ngidi

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler has called on South Africans, regardless of the club they support, to pack Mbombela Stadium when they play Zamalek in their second Group B match in the Caf Confederation Cup on Saturday.

FILE PICTURE: Orlando Pirates supporters with Botha in the middle during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Free State Stars at Orlando Stadium on October 18, 2014 in Soweto, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images)

Even though the Buccaneers have faced African giants like Zamalek, Al-Ahly, TP Mazembe and Esperance in the past two years they have only had two sold-out matches.

In contrast, almost every match they have travelled in the continent the Buccaneers have faced packed stadiums with intimidating crowd and a great atmosphere.

“Hopefully we will have a fantastic crowd, where fans come out irrespective of the club they support,” Tinkler said.

“It would be nice if we could feel the stadium, create a positive atmosphere which is very motivational for the players. Create a hostile atmosphere for the visitors because that’s what we find when we travel throughout the continent.”

A day before the match there are 18 000 tickets that have been sold for the stadium that has a capacity of 40 000. The Buccaneers have been in the city since Tuesday where they have been having their pre-season training with the entire squad.

Gift Motupa, Felipe Ovono and Menzi Masuku have been registered for the tournament in the five slots that the club have to fill up. Motupa will not be in the match day squad though because of injuries but Masuku could make his debut in the tournament from the bench.

“It’s important to have consistency,” Tinkler said.

“The results and form has been good. Don’t fix what’s not broken, that has always been my philosophy. What has been important has been our preparation, knowing what our strengths are and what their weakness are, and try to exploit them.”