Eric Tinkler explains goalkeeper rotation
Posted: 6 November 2015 Time: 13:24
Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler explained his thinking behind using goalkeeper Felipe Ovono in his side’s midweek clash over Ajax Cape Town, as he keeps an eye on Bucs’ upcoming continental cup Final.
Ovono, who replaced Siyabonga Mpontshane in goal after Saturday’s Derby win, produced a fine performance in Pirates’ 2-1 win over the Urban Warriors on Wednesday, as Tinkler continued the rotation of his talented glovemen.
“Ovono did well against Ajax, and got man of the match,” he told reporters. “I’ve always known that he has that ability. It’s a tough task that I have because ultimately I have three very good goalkeepers, although one is injured right now which is Brighton Mhlongo.
“Siya Mpontshane expects to play because where he comes from, he was the number one. Ovono expects to play – he’s an international player, but it’s been about me finding the right time to rotate them and give them both opportunities.”
Tinkler feels Ovono’s performance against Ajax was ideal preparation for their upcoming CAF Confederation Cup Final while helping him overcome the blunder in last month’s loss against Bidvest Wits.
“It was important for Ovono to play against Ajax because we’ve got the [Confederation] Cup Final coming up in two weeks’ time, so he needed a little bit of gametime,” the Bucs coach said. “He now goes away with his national team and will probably get two games there, so at least he would have had three games in the space of nine days which will motivate him.
“His good game against Ajax makes his motivation even better after what happened to him against Wits and the goal he conceded which has been sitting in the back of his mind, so I’m very happy with his performance.”
It remains to be seen who Tinkler will start in tomorrow’s Telkom Knockout Derby against Kaizer Chiefs tomorrow, with kick-off scheduled for 3pm at FNB Stadium.