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Tinkler Rules City Out For League Gong

Cape Town City head coach Eric Tinkler has insisted his side are not contenders for the DStv Premiership title despite going top of the log on Sunday.

The Citizens dislodged Mamelodi Sundowns at the top of the table after beating Golden Arrows 1-0 in KwaZulu Natal to move 25 points from 13 games – one ahead of Masandawana, who have five games in hand and been on top for two months, having last played a league match on 27 September when they beat Stellenbosch at home.

As Sundowns won that game, they set up the record of the longest unbeaten run of 32 games in the DStv Premiership – having won 26, and drawn six, since losing to SuperSport United in September 2022.

As those numbers are staggering, Tinkler doesn’t think they can do the same because they don’t have the squad depth to put such a streak together.  

“Our objectives, we want to be competitive as a club,” said Tinkler.

City beat Golden Arrows through the bundling strike by Tinkler’s top striker Khanyiso Mayo to register their sixth league win on the bounce at Mpumalanga Stadium on Sunday.  

“We want to see our competing within that top four, top five bracket, and that is our target,” he said.

“Like right now, we just go game by game and we will assess after every single game – did we achieve our goals? Did we achieve the points that we wanted?

“What do we need to do in the next game to ensure that we get the next positive results?

“What happens, happens. To say that we are contenders, no. That’s the pressure I don’t think is fair on the players.”

Sundowns, to show how unmatched they have been, became the first club to win their eighth opening matches in the PSL era.

With their incredible start this season, coach Rulani Mokwena was rewarded as he was named DStv Premiership coach of August, while Lucas Ribeiro Costa won the Player of the Month award for that month

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.