The Nedbank Cup winners move on to play in the CAF Confederation Cup next year and that is the only feasible way for Pirates to compete at a higher level again next season.
Through to the last 16 after getting past the colossal challenge posed by Kaizer Chiefs in the first round, The Bucs must now get past what would be considered a flimsy Jomo Cosmos by some with that tie taking place at Olen Park on Sunday (15h00).
Even with a win on Sunday it will still take another three victories in this competition to achieve what Pirates needs, but that hasn’t discouraged Tinkler from already declaring his intentions following a domestic campaign that they have spent stuttering.
“This competition is extremely important for us considering the season that we have had,” says Pirates coach Tinkler, recognising the fact that they haven’t measured up to expectations locally in this campaign.
“This is our last opportunity to win silverware which is foremost the most important thing right now. Secondly, it obviously gives us that opportunity to get back to Africa and I have stated this right at the beginning of the season that it is not only us as a club that enjoy playing in Africa but the players themselves enjoy playing in Africa.
“The fact that when we lost the Champions League (2013 final), I think that hurt the players so much that it motivated them to want to go far in the CAF Confederation Cup. Having gotten to the final on two occasions and unfortunately losing on both occasions they still have that hunger and desire to want to go back and try to complete it the proper way by bringing back the trophy.
“As a sportsman you will have that desire, that is what drives you. When you lose a game it is about how you get up and how you quickly you respond and we have that at Orlando Pirates. The players know the importance of this competition for us to end the season on a positive note but also for us to be able to compete in Africa again. So I expect a good performance from the players on the weekend because I know they are highly motivated,” says Tinkler.