Eric Tinkler banking on Lehlohonolo Majoro for goals
Posted: 13 February 2017 Time: 19:09
Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler insists Lehlohonolo Majoro is still the club’s first-choice striker, despite his recent goal-drought.
City started off 2017 with a 3-0 victory over Highlands Park, with new signing Letsie Koapeng, Judas Moseamedi and red-hot leading goalscorer Lebogang Manyama registering their names on the scoresheet as Majoro sat out due to a hamstring niggle.
Despite scoring, the former two were replaced by Majoro for City’s weekend clash against town rivals Ajax Cape Town which ended in a 2-0 win as The Citizens regained top spot in the Absa Premiership standings.
Tinkler – voted Absa Premiership Coach of the Month for December –explained that Majoro’s experience accounted for his starting berth in the derby, insisting he is the club’s go-to man upfront despite last scoring in mid-November.
“Majoro, you’ve got to remember, is someone who has a lot of experience, and has played in big derbies before, so for me it made sense that he had to start the game,” Tinkler told reporters. “And he tried, he ran and possibly could have scored two.
“But I think he put too much pressure on himself and that tends to happen as a striker: when you are looking for that goal, it doesn’t come. But it’s part of his DNA, it’s what he does – he scores goals, and he’s got to allow it to naturally come.”
Tinkler then heaped praise on Roland Putsche and Robyn Johannes for their displays in Saturday’s win over the Urban Warriors.
“Roland was very good – it was a difficult game, as tactically they came out slightly different in terms of their approach and were overloading the wings,” he said. “We struggled a bit, with Mkhize and Matsi out-numbered, and we needed Roland to squeeze across. But our recovery was very good and we managed to get back and get our shape, and look to break on the counter.
“But someone that really needs to take the credit is Robyn Johannes – I thought he was extremely strong, and showed good leadership at the back, shifting the team across, moving them out when need-be. It was probably his best performance for us this season.”
City will look to continue their title tilt when they host wounded Orlando Pirates at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.