Tense moment for some PSL coaches Full list of Nedbank Cup last 32 fixtures:

2016-03-09 06:00
Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler and his Kaizer Chiefs counterparts Steve Komphela are coming face to face for the third time this season on Saturday. Their sides will lock horns in a        Nedbank Cup match. PHOTO:sourced

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler and his Kaizer Chiefs counterparts Steve Komphela are coming face to face for the third time this season on Saturday. Their sides will lock horns in a Nedbank Cup match. PHOTO:sourced

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THE popular Ke Yona Cup, officially called the Nedbank Cup, is mostly known for giving teams or coaches a chance to win some silverware, but it is likely a couple of coaches might get fired after the games.

This week all PSL and lower division teams are pitted against each other and any side failing to progress to the next stage will be shown the door.

PSL outfit Maritzburg United played against Black Leopards in the same competition at Harry Gwala last night. There was no result at the time Echo went to print.

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve “Mphathi” Komphela and Orlando Pirates mentor Eric Tinkler are under pressure from all angles and failing to win another trophy will make their bosses think seriously about their future.

Currently most of Amakhosi and AmaBhakaBhaka supporters feel the heads of their technical benches are lightweights to coach the two Soweto giants.

“I may be wrong, but sometimes I think it was too soon for Eric Tinkler to become Pirates head coach. Remember he started at Bidvest Wits as a head coach of the juniors, then reserve team and also assisted Roger De Sa, who was a head coach at that time.

“You will also remember that when De Sa joined Pirates, he came with Tinkler. So Tinkler­ was given a chance to be acting head coach after De Sa resigned to join Ajax Cape Town.

“In short Tinkler did not have enough experience­ to be in charge of a big side like Pirates­. Maybe it was too soon for him,”said Edendale-based Pirates supporter, Cooper Mkhize.

The former Maritzburg United head coach, Komphela agrees that to coach Amakhosi is not easy and he is always under pressure. He also asked his followers not to feel sorry for him because he knew that joining AmaKhosi was always going to come with a lot of responsibilities and pressure.

“Remember I also played for Chiefs and I was once their captain before I went abroad.

I know what is expected, I fully understand the culture of this team and Chiefs supporters always demand instant success. They will [make] a lot of demands.

“I am comfortable and don’t blame myself for joining Chiefs. I am not looking for excuses or asking people to have pity for me,” said Komphela.

Komphela joined the Soweto side this season from the Team of Choice and despite being new to the job, the Kroonstad-born tactician has guided Chiefs to two Cup finals, but won none.

The two Soweto arch rivals will lock horns again on Saturday at 3.15 pm at FNB Stadium during the last 32 Nedbank Cup fixtures.

Pirates star defender Thabo Matlaba says playing against Chiefs again will put the country­ on standstill, adding they want to honour the club’s diehards by doing well in the Cup.

“I know we are not doing what is expected of our supporters, but our aim is to go to the next round,”said Matlaba.

AmaKhosi captain Siphiwe Tshabalala said Saturday’s Soweto derby won’t be easy for both outfits because they both want to excel.

“It will be a tough one for both teams and endless fireworks from the first whistle.

“What is more interesting is that both Pirates and Chiefs want to do well and quality for the next round.”

Tinkler also predicts a tough and a tight clash, but was reluctant to predict the outcome.

“Both sides respect each other, and may the best team win,” said Tinkler­.


Bidvest Wits vs Bloem Celtic at Bidvest Stadium at 8pm, Steenberg United vs Platinum Star at Athlone Stadium at 8pm


Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium at 3:15pm, Golden Arrows vs Milford FC at King Zwelithini Stadium at 3pm, EC Bees FC vs Magesi FC, at Buffalo City Stadium at 3pm, Ajax Cape Town vs Free State Stars at Athlone Stadium at 6pm, University of Pretoria vs Polokwane City Rovers at Tuks Stadium at 8:15pm


Polokwane City vs African All Stars at Peter Mokaba Stadium at 3pm, Chippa United vs Baroka FC at Buffalo City Stadium at 3pm, Highlands Park vs Mamelodi Sundowns at Makhulong Stadium at 3pm, Sibanye Golden Stars vs Mbombela United at Griffons Rugby Stadium at 3pm, United Rovers vs Black Aces, at GWK Rugby Stadium at 3pm.

March 8:

Moroka Swallows vs SuperSport United at Dobsonville Stadium at 7:30pm and Jomo Cosmos vs AmaZulu at Olen Park Stadium at 7:30pm

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