Eric Tinkler pleads for goalkeeper patience
Posted: 1 August 2015 Time: 12:14
Eric Tinkler has urged Siyabonga Mpontshane and new goalkeeper Felipe Ovono to be patient as they await their chance at Orlando Pirates.
Tinkler admits it will be a challenge to keep them motivated as they wait for a chance behind first-choice Brighton Mhlongo.
Mpontshane only played twice for Pirates since he made a switch from Platinum Stars in January, while Ovono has already shown his qualities in the King’s Cup in Swaziland.
"I actually have four fantastic goalkeepers,” Tinkler says. “There is one boy that you don’t know off. He is injured at the moment; he is young and he is extremely talented.”
"Ovono is really a fantastic keeper, tactically very good and just 21 years old. He has a lot of experience and is a very confident goalkeeper, then we have Brighton who is growing in leaps and bounds week after week, and also Siya."
“I'm very fortunate in that area in that I have a lot of options. The only problem is trying to keep four goalkeepers happy. It’s not an easy task, but I explained to them that they need to continue supporting Brighton. He has been playing well and they understand that.
"The day that Brighton serves a suspension or gets an injury and they get an opportunity they need to grab it with both hands.
"Thabo Rakhale is a great example; Mpho Makola was playing exceptionally well until he got a suspension. Rakhale came in a grabbed it with both hands, and he hasn't left the starting line-up since.”
Mhlongo will start today’s Carling Black Label Cup clash against Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium.