Tinkler targets Brockie replacement


Brockie traded SuperSport for Mamelodi Sundowns this week, having scored 54 goals in two-and-a-half seasons for Matsatsantsa - three goals shy of the club record held by the late Abram Raselemane.

Tinkler's options upfront have been curtailed further by injuries to Thabo Mnyamane and Bradley Grobler, who is only expected back in April.

"Yes, definitely... you'll see new faces coming to the club... definitely we have to bring the new faces," said Tinkler to the media.

"Wait and see. Isn't it obvious? We need a striker. Having said that, no one else is leaving. Your stories about Besiktas [after Aubrey Modiba], nobody has made an offer, it's just talk."

Meanwhile, Tinkler does not buy into the notion his team's dip in form is down to physical fatigue.

Tinkler breathed a little easier in midweek after his side ended an eight-game winless run with a 1-0 defeat of Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium.

Matsatsantsa have been on the go since last season as they had to quickly shift attention from their Nedbank Cup triumph in June to competing in the CAF Confederation Cup. They landed up reaching the final of the second-tier event where they lost to Congolese giants TP Mazembe across two legs.

Their travels on the continent means they are still playing catch-up in the Absa Premiership as the games come in thick and fast for Tinkler's men.

"It's psychological gents, it's psychological. I hear you guys constantly bringing it up, it's for two years now. I never bring it up, you [the media] bring it up," Tinkler said.

"And you write about it. When I say you write about it, I say you write about [signals writing in the air with his hand), not right, but you write about it. It's like this saying, if I'm constantly telling my son he's poor, at some stage he's going to start to believe he's poor.

"If I constantly see you guys writing that, constantly asking me the same question, the players will start believing it. I don't think it's physical fatigue.

"Mental, yes. It's been a long two seasons and these guys haven't had a proper break. When I talk about a proper break, it’s for a professional footballer who's got to lift himself every three days to play a professional game and all the pressure that he has to face to get those three points. He needs at least four, five weeks and these guys haven't had that in two years.

"So mentally you can see there's that drain on the players, but it's not anything to do with the physical. That is the harsh reality you face at this level, because we see it overseas. How many clubs are involved in [European cup competitions]? It's a different season obviously and ours overlap, whereas overseas they still manage to get a four-week break.

"But that's gonna change with CAF [next year]. I think it's only one season we have this difficulty and then after that it falls in line and we'll stop having this issue."

SuperSport next visit AmaZulu at Umlazi's King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday.