Maritzburg: ‘It’s hard to pick up the pieces’

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Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler admits it will be difficult to pick up the pieces and move on following their 2-1 narrow defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2019 Telkom Knockout Final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

A tired looking and emotionally drained Tinkler feels he has to heal first before proceeding to play the role of being a psychologist amongst the squad after The Team Of Choice yet again lost another cup final in a second year running.

“I think the first challenge is trying to lift myself, I think that’s key because obviously I am massively disappointed you know, I wanna win trophies that’s what I enjoy I love being a coach but I love being a coach winning things,” said the former Bafana Bafana midfielder.

“So being on the winning side is always difficult, aside to be on it, this is the third time I felt that and that’s hard to wear but fact of the matter is the ball is round, life moves on and in 6 days time we got another crucial game against Kaizer Chiefs and our league position is obviously also massively important for us we wanna try and finish off on a positive note,” he said.

“Massive game against Kaizer Chiefs at home so I have to try and be a bit of a psychologist to a degree to try and motivate myself and to get the players motivated as well but obviously they get a couple of days off now to reflect, it also gives me time to reflect and obviously get rid of all the steam and then we move on.”

When quizzed twice about the controversial offside call which led to his side losing 2-1, Tinkler refused to be dragged into that conversation and calmly blocked the questions.
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By Ntobeko Mbambo

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