Tinkler sets sights on Pirates scalp


Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler has set his sights on taking points off his former side Orlando Pirates when the two clubs meet on Wednesday.

The Citizens are set to travel to Soweto on Wednesday evening where they will meet an Orlando Pirates side who are riding the wave of a 6-2 win over Royal Eagles in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Pirates are also currently five points clear of Eric Tinkler's charges in the league standings, albeit having played two matches more, and will be looking to return to one of the CAF qualification spots after being overtaken by Royal AM and rivals Kaizer Chiefs over the weekend.

Tinkler, who served as the Buccaneers' coach between 2013 and 2016, is unperturbed by his former side's ambitions and insists that his side will be looking to come away with points when the clubs meet at the Orlando Stadium.

"We're going to a very big league fixture away from home against Orlando Pirates," Tinkler told the media ahead of the match.

"After the break it was important for us to have started well in the league, collecting maximum points against Golden Arrows, which was a positive.

"We've had a few days extra to work with some of the new players and I think they have all integrated extremely well. Everyone is highly motivated to go to Orlando Pirates and try to collect some valuable points at this stage of the season.

"We know it's not going to be easy. They're a team that is looking to ensure that they finish in the top four to qualify for CAF again [but] we also have objectives and we've also set ourselves targets and we need to go there and look to compete."  

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