Eric Tinkler of Maritzburg United is relishing facing his former club when Maritzburg United lock horns with the high-flying SuperSport United side at Lucas Moripe Stadium tonight saying his side will “play without fear”.
The Maritzburg United coach understands SuperSport will be handful in their backyard but has urged his players to play with confidence.
“We need to go there and play with confidence and a lot of determination. They (Supersport) are having a good season, it is going to be a tough away match.”
The Team of Choice’s fighting spirit and commitment has been a key factor this season and Tinkler wants to see that on Wednesday in Pretoria.
“We have to stick to what we know and what we are good at. Our work ethic has been good and of course you want to see consistency.”
The 49-year-old coached SuperSport during the 2017/18 season but resigned as he battled to produce the desired results after 29 matches in charge in all competition.
Under the leadership of Tinkler, the Team of Choice find themselves in the top 8 with 21 points after 15 games whereas last season at the halfway mark they were bottom of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) log with just 11 points.
To have reached the halfway point and accumulated 21 points, I think the boys can be proud, considering where we were last season, it’s a great turnaround but there’s still a lot of work to be done.”
The Maritzburg based side lost 1-0 the last time they meet Matsatsantsa a Pitori at Atteridgeville.
Tinkler’s boys will welcome back Mxolisi Kunene from suspension but will be without Phumlani Ntshangase and Siyanda Xulu who miss out due to injury.
Meanwhile, Black Leopards will look to make use of their home ground advantage to register their first win of the new year when they host Chippa United at Thohoyandou Stadium tonight.
“We are playing at home and we are expecting a full house and we cannot afford to disappoint our fans, “said Leopards coach Cavin Johnson.
Johnson lost 2-1 in his first game in charge of Leopards against Highlands Park on Sunday is hopeful that his side will provide the goods tonight. “For me it will be good to win for the first time in front of our fans. I am aware that we are facing a team who will be coming here to fight. We are positive and ready for Chippa, “added Johnson.
The Chili Boys might have suffered defeat in their last game against Polokwane City, but coach Norman Mapeza is happy with the effort his boys are putting in as they managed to move from the bottom of the log to 10 th place with 17 points. “I am happy with the progress we have made.”
By FARPost Reporter