While most Premier Soccer League (PSL) coaches are going about quietly with their jobs during the Fifa calendar week, Orlando Pirates’s Eric Tinkler must be the busiest.
The former Bafana Bafana midfield strongman has to get his team ready and plan for the downfall of Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel, whom they play in the final of the Caf Confederation Cup on November 21.
Pirates will have the home ground advantage in the first leg, which is set for Orlando Stadium, and Tinkler has to ensure that they get a solid win which will ease the pressure going into the second leg away.
Speaking to the club’s website, Tinkler said he understands how big an occasion the Confederation Cup final is.
“This is a massive opportunity for the club and everyone involved, winning a major trophy such as the Caf Confederation Cup. Orlando Pirates is a big club with a rich history, and it is an honour to be part of that history. Naturally, we would like nothing better than to positively contribute to the legacy of the club,” said Tinkler.
Since taking over from his friend and former boss, Roger De Sa last season, Tinkler has been under pressure, with a section of the Ghost questioning his abilities to handle such a big job in South African football.
Despite guiding the team to the Confederation Cup final, the #TinklerMustFall call have persisted. The only that is likely to get the fans off Tinkler’s back would be if he won added the Confederation Cup trophy to the Buccaneers’ cabinet, which already has the Caf Champions League and the Caf Super Cup trophy.
Tinkler knows very well that Sahel will be no easy feat, and said they will not underestimate them at all.
“Etoile du Sahel has earned itself a place in the final by beating the best; we cannot afford to underestimate or downplay that achievement. We are going into this match with a positive frame of mind because it is vitally important for us to win the home leg and ensure that we do not concede a goal in order to have something to protect for the second leg,” added Tinkler.
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