Tinkler rocked as Pirates lose

ELATION. Polokwane City players celebrate after beating Orlando Pirates 1-0 in the Absa Premiership in Polokwane on Saturday. Picture: Backpagepix.

Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Eric Tinkler’s burning ambition to take over the club’s reins on a full-time basis suffered a big setback on Saturday.

Polokwane City beat Pirates 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at Peter Mokaba Stadium to send shockwaves around the local football fraternity.

“It was just not our day.

I feel sorry for the guys and we are disappointed to come away here with nothing,” he added.

A defensive blunder between Pirates’ goalkeeper Fatau Dauda and defender Thabo Matlaba saw Sipho Jembula take advantage to score in the first half.

This loss might easily come back to haunt the mighty Sea Robbers if they fail to make a meaningful challenge for title honours come May.

City coach Boebie Solomons was thrilled to see his game plan bear fruit.

“We kept our shape very well and we were well-organised,” said Solomons. “Pirates are a very good team – individually they are one of the best in Africa. We had to be organised, keep our shape and be disciplined.

“Tactical discipline was the key for us.”

Solomons said the previous two games, a defeat to Golden Arrows and a draw against Platinum Stars, have taught them valuable lessons going into the encounter against Pirates.

“I am happy about the fact that we have learnt from the last two games where our concentration levels cost us points, especially in the dying… minutes,” he said.

“This time we kept our focus and we responded well.”

Pirates travel to the Mother City tomorrow night for a clash against Ajax Cape Town.

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