Njabulo Ngidi
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31 Jul 2015
2:30 pm

Tinkler – Hectic schedule could make derby boring

Njabulo Ngidi

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler is concerned that their hectic schedule could play a part in not delivering an exciting contest against Kaizer Chiefs in the Carling Black Label Cup on Saturday.

Eric Tinkler, coach of Orlando Pirates (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

The match comes four days after they arrived from Tunisia where they beat CS Sfaxien 1-0 to stand in a good position to reach the semifinals of the Caf Confederation Cup.

An encounter with Ajax Cape Town on Tuesday in the MTN8 and the return leg of their clash with Sfaxien on August 8 means that Tinkler will have to find the right balance in keeping his players fresh for all these matches in a space of seven days.

“It’s vitally important that we get to know the players’ bodies better, and get an understanding of how far we can push them,” Tinkler said.

“Particularly after the trip to Tunisia. We spent 36 hours travelling there and then another 28 hours travelling back. People don’t realise that it’s crazy travel that we have had to do and what the players have had to endure, sitting in airports for eight hours with nowhere to sleep where it was difficult to sleep inside the airport terminals, particularly Dubai because it’s such a busy airport.

“Those are things that we have to be concerned with, hence the fact that I have been trying to rest the guys as much as possible in the first two days since we came back on Tuesday so that we ensure we can put on a good spectacle because that’s what fans come to expect at the FNB Stadium.

“They come to see an entertaining game, full of goal scoring opportunities. We want to provide that and the only way we can provide that is if our players get enough rest in between the matches.”