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Tinkler Pumped Up Ahead Of Tough Sundowns Tie

Cape Town City head coach Eric Tinkler says they have nothing to lose when they take on unbeaten DStv Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the final league game of the season on Saturday.

Seventh-placed City have already secured their top eight spot for the campaign, but should they get a win, and other results go their way, they could even finish as high as fourth.

But Tinkler knows how tough a fixture it will be against Rulani Mokwena’s championship team who are on target for a first-ever unbeaten season in the league.

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“Last game of the season, playing away to Mamelodi Sundowns, who’ve obviously had an absolutely fantastic season, yet to be beaten,” Tinkler told the club’s media department.

“Not an easy task for us to go there and try and collect three points, but that is the objective, that is our purpose, is to try and go there and collect maximum points so that we can finish higher up in the top eight.

“So we’ve got everything to play for, and obviously nothing to lose. So the squad this week has been working extremely hard to ensure that we can go there and compete against them.

“And what I want to see from the players is that passion, that desire that energy, that intensity, you’re going to have to bring it against the quality that Mamelodi Sundowns possesses.

“And hopefully we can get it over the line and collect those three points, but not an easy task, not an easy objective. But we need to be positive and believe that we can go there and do that.”

The Citizens have already come away with one point against Sundowns in the corresponding fixture, and will now aim to spoil their party of becoming South African football Invincibles by handing them the only league defeat of the season.

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.