Desperation time for Eric Tinkler


Maritzburg United's match against Chippa United tonight has to be the game that changes things for coach Eric Tinkler.

The Team of Choice have played five matches this season with three losses and two draws, and they are back in the relegation zone Tinkler saved the club from at the end of last season.

If one could give one sum up their first games in one word it would be 'unlucky' which is something Tinkler has been stressing throughout his interviews before and after matches.

Tinkler came to Maritzburg when most thought the team was down and out but he save them for another season in top-flight football, but despite all those positives things seems to be not coming together for the former Bafana Bafana midfielder despite dominating in their last few matches.

Tonight they are hosting an unpredictable Chippa United side (20h00) that wasted no time in firing Clinton Larsen last Monday and installing former Bay United defender Duran Francis as their caretaker coach alongside Mbuyiselo Sambu.

Despite a statement from Maritzburg United this week showing support to their coach, everyone knows if results are not forthcoming someone has to go, so a victory for them will definitely ease the pressure on Tinkler.

A perfect debut for Jeremy Brockie is something the whole of Maritzburg will be praying for after he missed out against Mamelodi Sundowns last weekend because of a clause in the loan agreement between the two clubs.

Besides Brockie, players like Gabriel Nyoni, Daylon Claasen and the whole team will be expected to be on their best.

The Chilli Boys will be hoping the return of Andile Mbenyane, who has vowed to fight for their coach, can help them put more pressure of their former mentor, who didn't last long under the impatient Chippa Mpengesi.