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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.

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"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.

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"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.

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Article by: Rofhiwa Lihaiwa

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