When Citizens boss John Comitis bought Mpumalanga Black Aces at the beginning of last season, he appointed Tinkler as his coach and the former Orlando Pirates tactician delivered after leading City to Telkom Knockout glory in the first 144 days of the club’s existence.
Tinkler then helped the Mother City outfit to a third-placed finish in the Absa Premiership last season before he cut ties with the club to take over at SuperSport in July.
Bafana Bafana’s record goal scorer McCarthy, who was appointed Tinkler’s successor at City in July, began his tenure with the Citizens with victory in the MTN8 against Polokwane City at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
Tinkler, whose Matsatsantsa charges beat Kaizer Chiefs in their quarter-final match-up on the same day, admits he is happy for his counterpart, but warned McCarthy there is much bigger tests to come, both on and off the field.
“Obviously, congratulations to Benni and he had a lot of butterflies and nerves ahead of the game,” Tinkler tells KickOff.com.
“He’s got that win under his belt and I think he'll feel more positive now going forward.
“But he must keep working hard and you know, there's no guarantees in life. He must just keep working hard, and have lots of belief and faith in what you do. You actually get measured more when you win a game than losing.”
McCarthy's men will now face Bidvest Wits in the two-legged semi finals of the MTN8, while Tinkler's SuperSport will take on Maritzburg United, who surprised many by eliminating Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday.
That sets up the possibility of the two coaches locking horns in the final, with Tinkler saying: “We're going to be facing each other somewhere along the line.”