Pitso: Tinkler has a point to prove

Tinkler was relieved of his duties at Mayfair in June last year but has done well since taking over the coaching reins in the Mother City, winning the Telkom Knockout in his first few months in charge while the Citizens are also hot favourites to win the Absa Premiership this season.

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The Cape Town-based side could even go top of the league table this weekend, should they emerge victorious from Friday’s clash against title rivals Mamelodi Sundowns at Athlone Stadium.

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And Mosimane insists he has nothing but praise for Tinkler, saying: “They [Cape Town City] have got a coach who really wants to put a mark for his career and who also feels maybe at Pirates he was not given [a proper] opportunity.

"Now he wants to show us and say ‘I have my chance now and I am taking it’ and he has been doing exceptionally well.”

City have scored 28 goals so far this season, with Lebogang Manyama leading the way with 11 strikes while Aubrey Ngoma has 13 assists to his name, leaving ‘Jingles’ undoubtedly concerned by the pair’s combinations for the Citizens.

“From my own opinion on Cape Town City, they have a very good attack and that’s what makes them win. [Lehlohonolo] Majoro, [Aubrey] Ngoma and [Lebogang] Manyama,” said Mosimane, who has recently been without three of his star players.

“But you know how football is. What about injuries if they come to those three? Like now, with Khama [Billiat], Anthony [Laffor] and the loss of Keagan [Dolly, who joined Montpellier]. What’s gonna happen [when Cape Town City suffer injuries]?

“Do you see what I am trying to say? Imagine if they face exactly what I am facing now, it is going to be difficult. That’s possible, injuries, suspensions, you have to have ammunition and able to sustain and you can be lucky if you don’t get injuries,” he concluded.

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