SuperSport coach Tinkler looks to Bafana duo to stop Majoro‚ Obinna in final

11 October 2017 - 15:21 By Mahlatse Mphahlele
Eric Tinkler, coach of Supersport United during the 2017 MTN8 Supersport United press conference at PSL Offices, Johannesburg on 11 October 2017.
Eric Tinkler, coach of Supersport United during the 2017 MTN8 Supersport United press conference at PSL Offices, Johannesburg on 11 October 2017.
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SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler is looking to his central defensive partners Morgan Gould and Clayton Daniels to play a big role in the MTN8 final against Cape Town City at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

Gould and Daniels gave a strong performance in the heart of the Bafana Bafana defence during the 3-1 World Cup qualifier victory against Burkina Faso at FNB Satadium on the weekend‚ and Tinkler is expecting more of the same from them.

“I was very proud of both of them because they did exceptionally well for Bafana Bafana the past weekend‚” he said in a pre-final press conference at the PSL’s offices in Parktown on Wednesday.

“Since I arrived here at the club‚ they have performed very well and that’s what I expect from them again this coming weekend.

“Cape Town City is a club that has good strikers in Lehlohonolo Majoro and Victor Obinna and it is very important to apply themselves the way they can.

“Judas Moseamedi is also available for Cape Town City and he brings that element of speed and a lot of aggression that is something that Majoro and Obinna do not have.

“They (Gould and Daniels) are aware of that and they have experience to deal with the situation because they have been in the game for a long time. That helps us as a squad to have players who have that kind of experience.”

Former Nigerian international striker Obinna‚ who played with coach Benni McCarthy at English Premiership side West Ham‚ also brings vast experience to City’s attacking force. He has also played for Italian giants Inter Milan.

Tinkler‚ who coached City last season‚ where he helped them to a third-place finish in the league and also guided them to Telkom Knockout success last season‚ said the City team has slightly changed.

“There has been a lot of changes in terms of the starting lineup and they have a few new faces. They have Obinna‚ at the back they bought Taariq Fielies‚ and Ebrahim Seedat and Thabo Nodada are getting more game time.

“They know a lot about me in terms of how I want to play but the most important thing is for us to come up with a gameplan.

“The boys are highly motivated‚ the intensity is what you would expect and we are looking forward to the trip to Durban and hopefully coming away with a positive result.”

- TimesLIVE

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