Tinkler: Focus not on derby

2015-07-16 11:05
Eric Tinkler (Supplied)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach, Eric Tinkler, is not putting too much focus on a potential Soweto derby clash this weekend as his side gear up for the King's Cup.

The Buccaneers travel to Swaziland on Saturday to face Royal Leopards in the friendly tournament, with Kaizer Chiefs in action against Mbabane Swallows in the other semi-final.

That means the PSL giants could square off in the final, and while Tinkler would be keen to test his team against AmaKhosi so early on in pre-season, the tactician is mainly concerned with giving his full squad a run out, while also using the match as preparation for their upcoming CAF Confederations Cup clash against CS Sfaxien.

"We'll look to mix things up. The first game will serve as a chance to assess the fitness levels and see how our new guys adapt," said the coach.

"We will obviously be looking to get to the Final in order to give everybody in the squad a chance to play in the tournament.

"This tournament is not about the Derby. It's too early for us to fret over it. We have different objectives going into this weekend.

"We're looking forward to playing competitive games before the CAF Confed Cup versus Club Sportif Sfaxien. This will help us greatly."

He added: "It'll be good to play Kaizer Chiefs. It'll be interesting to see how the new guys compete and cope versus them in a sold-out game."

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