Thabo Qalinge on Eric Tinkler influence
Posted: 22 March 2016 Time: 11:04
Thabo Qalinge has heaped praise on Eric Tinkler, saying the Orlando Pirates coach encourages the players to play their natural game.
The Buccaneers have seemingly turned the corner, winning four matches in a row before a 1-0 defeat to Bidvest Wits last week.
Qalinge spent most of the early part of the season on the bench, but came to prominance during the Soweto Derby towards the end of January when his skills wowed the crowd.
The 24-year-old is loving life under Tinkler, telling KICK OFF magazine: “I don’t psyche myself to do something special. I don’t choose which match to play at my best level; every time I get a chance to perform I give myself for the team.
“In every match I play I treat it like a cup final, and fortunately I have a coach who is always there to motivate me.”
Qalinge adds: “He doesn’t want us to be scared or nervous because we will end up making mistakes. He always gives us confidence and lifts our spirits in order to perform well.”