Tinkler – We Can’t Underestimate SSU
Cape Town City head coach Eric Tinkler says that their DStv Premiership opponents on Saturday, SuperSport United, are a young talented team and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
City host SuperSport at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday, as the domestic league season begins this weekend.
While SuperSport have been quiet in the transfer market, only really bringing in Buhle Mkhwanazi, Tinkler warns that the young talent shouldn’t be underestimated.
He adds that they have managed to keep players like Sipho Mbule, Teboho Mokoena and Bradley Grobler, despite many rumours of their potential exits, and says they need to treat the team with the same respect as the generation that won three straight PSL titles a decade ago.
“It’s going to be a tough game,” Tinkler said a press conference on Thursday.
“And I understand what you’re saying, people are saying, oh, they haven’t made many signings, there were rumours of the club being sold, but I think that makes them more dangerous.
“Because there’s been a lot of rumours around Mokoena and Mbule, and Bradley Grobler moving to bigger clubs. So those guys are going to be hungry to show that they deserve to get those big moves, or those options to go to Chiefs or to go to Sundowns.
“So there’s talent there, there is a lot of talent, we know SuperSport have always had a lot of talent, and young talent. So we can’t underestimate them. We can’t just expect oh, well, they don’t know what the future is, that becomes dangerous. We saw that talking about Bloem Celtic, here was a team that wasn’t getting getting their salaries come the end of the month.
“But at the end of the day, they were performing every week, getting the results. Why? Because they don’t know when the next salary is coming. So they’re playing for the next salary, so they become more dangerous. So we can’t sit back in and underestimate them. As much as we might know what we think we know. But I think that’s key. We got to treat them as strong as they were when they won league titles under Gavin Hunt.
Tinkler says keeping hot-property players like Mbule, Mokoena and Grobler is actually a bit of a transfer window coup for the club.
“Ja, definitely,” he continued.
“They’re very good players, those that we’ve been talking about. I think I’m Mbule a fantastic footballer, Mokoena is a fantastic footballer. We saw them now playing for the Olympic squad. Bradley, I coached him, fantastic striker, good striker, dangerous striker.
“So to be able to keep your better players obviously bodes well for you for the season, and I’m sure Kaitano is happy that he still has them.”