Tinkler says CTC team is ready to roll

2016-08-18 06:00
 Eric Tinkler

Eric Tinkler

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Cape Town City FC coach, Eric Tinkler, hopes his defence will be ready when the season kicks off.

Tinkler was concerned that he acquired only one left-back, Lehlohonolo Nonyane, when he inherited the former Mpumalanga Black Aces squad.

The former Bafana Bafana midfielder now has Renars Rode, Tshepo Gumede, Ebrahim Seedat, Robyn Johannes, Ricardo Ndiki and Vincent Kobola, who also plays as central midfielder, in his defensive team.

Said Tinkler: “We had no defence and putting one together has been difficult. We needed to strengthen the squad.

“Gumede and Johannes have the experience we need at the back. I hope they will help us going forward. Ngcuka is a central defender. He is one to look out for.

“A lot of work has been done in our defence. We can’t afford to concede often if we want to have a good season.”

The new boys on the block kick off their season against Polokwane City in the Absa Premiership on 23 August, then face Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 opener on 26 August. Last season Chiefs lost 1-0 to Ajax Cape Town in the MTN8 final, so this may well be City’s toughest match in the early stages.

Tinkler downplayed Wafa Wafa’s importance and said they were focused on the league, not just one competition: “We are preparing well and have played friendly matches to try out different combinations. I believe we can compete. We still have a few things to learn but hopefully we will learn as quickly as possible.”

Tinkler said he hoped the 14 former Aces players would share their experience with the rest after the now defunct team finished a pleasant fourth in the PSL table.

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