Cape Town City manager Eric Tinkler claims he's 'never had an issue' with new signing Lehlohonolo Majoro
Posted: 10 August 2016 Time: 15:54
Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler has refuted claims that he and new signing Lehlohonolo Majoro do not see eye to eye.
Following Majoro's move from Orlando Pirates to City many questioned why Tinkler would recruit a striker that he hardly utilised during the tail end of his tenure at the helm of the Buccaneers.
Now the former Bafana Bafana midfielder has explained why Majoro did not see much game time under his tutelage at Pirates.
“At Pirates the choices I had were four top strikers who all had the qualities to be in the starting line-up," Tinkler is quoted as saying by Sowetan.
“And at Pirates the demands are very high. Players are either in form or they’re not in form. Players are doing well so why take them out? That happened to be the case at the time.
“Kermit Erasmus was doing extremely well. Then Thamsanqa Gabuza was‚ and got called up to the national team. And then Tendai Ndoro came in and started firing.”
Tinkler was also quick to dismiss suggestions that Majoro was difficult to deal with when not picked.
“I’ve never had an issue with Majoro. We’ve always had a good relationship‚ him and I‚” said the 46-year-old.
“Majoro is an extremely intelligent person. He’s got a huge self-belief and confidence about himself. So obviously when wasn’t playing he wanted to know why.
“But if you could explain your reasoning he would accept it and move on.”
Tinkler went on to talk up the abilities he feels Majoro possesses and what he will bring to the side ahead of the coming season.
“We all know what he’s capable of. And I think now he has an opportunity to showcase that," said the City coach.
“He’s also a name. And I think he’s been very good signing because people will want to come and watch us with him in the team.
“He holds the ball up very well‚ doesn’t lose possession and most importantly‚ if given the supply‚ will put the ball in the back of the net."