Cape Town - Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Helman Mkhalele believes Eric Tinker has done enough to earn the coaching job in Soweto on a full-time basis, given their CAF Confederation Cup run.
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The Sea Robbers travel to Mali to take on AS Kaloum in the first leg of the play-offs, before hosting their opponents at Orlando Stadium to decide who will qualify for the lucrative group stages.
Tinkler was put in temporary charge of the club in December last year after Vladimir Vermezovic resigned from the position.
Pirates have failed to win any domestic trophies this season and fans have called on their chairman, Irvin Khoza, to appoint a more experienced or foreign coach.
However, Mkhalele believes the club's run in the continental tournament has more than proved Tinkler's credentials, and says the club should stick with him.
"When [Tinkler] started coaching Pirates I said he should be given enough time to settle into the role and I think he has proved himself as a very capable leader," the retired Bafana Bafana playmaker told KickOff.
"Look at how well the team is doing in the Confederation Cup. This shows that he is capable of doing the job.
"Pirates might not have won any domestic titles this season but I think we must also look at the circumstances that Tinkler took over the coaching responsibilities.”