Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler hails his side's 'phenomenal' TKO title-winning efforts
Posted: 10 December 2016 Time: 20:18
A pumped up Eric Tinkler could not contain his excitement as he lauded the performance of his Cape Town City side that saw them claim the Telkom Knockout title.
The Mother City-based outfit were good value for their 2-1 win over SuperSport United, winning a first trophy just months into their existence.
It was also a first piece of silverware for Tinkler as a head coach having previously guided Orlando Pirates to two Cup finals and going on to lose both.
"Third time lucky [for me]. I'm very, very proud of the boys - the character that they have shown over the past four months, the work ethic that they've had, the determination that they've shown," a beaming Tinkler told SuperSport TV moments after the final whistle.
"I'm extremely proud of what we've achieved in such a short space of time and truth be told they [my players] deserve it. Right from day one when we beat Polokwane [on the opening day of the season], since then I saw something special and four months later you lift your first trophy. It's phenomenal."
Tinkler admitted there were some nervy moments during the game and revealed that he had placed plenty of emphasis on extending their lead at half-time.
"We knew we needed to score that second. We needed to simplify our game because we were breaking and our transition on attack was very good but we were looking for the difficult pass but we could have played it simple and we could have created those chances and we could have buried them. Then we allowed them back in through the back door from a set-piece which we knew was a threat but again we reacted after than and we got it into their box and we scored again," he said.
Asked where they would go from here, Tinkler remained resolute in outlining exactly the same targets that he had at the beginning of the season.
"[We must] just keep climbing game by game. Our target is no different [than before the season] - hit that 30 point mark [in the league]. We need another two wins to achieve that and then we start aiming higher after that," he stated.