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Tinkler stresses Nedbank Cup importance

Posted: 21 March 2015 Time: 14:43

Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Eric Tinkler says defending the Nedbank Cup is important for the club as winning trophies is the best way to leave a legacy.

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Pirates will face SuperSport United tonight in the last-16 of the competition having already met three times this season.

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Bucs beat Matsatsantsa in the MTN8 quarter-finals and in the League, but went down to Gordon Igesund's team in the Telkom Knockout semi-finals.

“This competition is very important for us because we want to defend our title and we are aware that we are coming up against a good team with a lot of depth,” says Tinkler.

“We will obviously have to be at our very best to get a result. We lost against them in the Telkom Knockout but then we want to turn that around and continue moving forward. At Orlando Pirates the chairman always talks about leaving a legacy and the best way to do that is by winning trophies,” he says.

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Meanwhile, Tinkler has confidence his defence can handle the threat of burly SuperSport striker Kingston Nkhatha at Peter Mokaba Stadium this evening.

“We know Kingston very well especially from his time at Chiefs," Tinkler says.

“He is a very aggressive player and not an easy player to mark because of his aggression and movement plus he likes running off the ball particularly down the left when he was still at Chiefs. He is a player with great mobility and likes getting into the box and I think he is a difficult striker to mark. Our central defenders have had experiences dealing with him and have always done a very good job on him and that must just continue come Saturday should he start,” adds Tinkler.

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