Tinkler wary of Ajax
Eric Tinkler (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Following Orlando Pirates’ shock PSL defeat to Polokwane City
on Saturday, coach Eric Tinkler
says the Buccaneers will look to change
their approach as they prepare for Tuesday’s league clash with Ajax
Cape Town at Athlone Stadium.
"Going to Ajax will be a tougher
task… we don't have a great record away to them, but in football history (that) counts for very little," Tinkler said ahead of the game.
"We will change our approach and I am confident we will get something out of that match."
have fallen off the pace and are in danger of exiting the race for
league honours, but Tinkler believes the Soweto giants will bounce back
from the defeat over the weekend and emerge a better team as a result.
the match in the manner we did is a bit sad, but we have to keep
playing and try to win the next match," the caretaker coach said.
could have avoided the loss had our players converted the chances. It
was a tough match. I think we could have got a result."
has been in charge of Pirates since the departure of former coach Roger
de Sa, who announced his resignation on the last day of January, due to
Tinkler's reign, however, is already due for an
abrupt ending, with Pirates announcing on Friday that former Kaizer
Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic would be taking over as soon as he
received a work permit.
Vermezovic will be tasked with taking the
wilting seventh-placed Sea Robbers out of mid-table obscurity, and
ensuring that the team is in a position, come the end of the season, to
challenge log-leading Kaizer Chiefs, as well as the rest of the chasing
Pirates still have four games in hand over Chiefs,
following a host of postponed PSL fixtures due to their
participation in the Caf Champions League last year, and could yet climb
as high as third when their games have been completed.
meanwhile, also head into Tuesday’s encounter with a cloud of
uncertainty still remaining over their heads as the Cape Town club
awaits the arrival of a new head coach.
Mushin Ertugral stepped down as coach last month, with De Sa emerging as the favourite to take over in the Cape.
coach Ian Taylor, who is in charge until the new coach arrives, said
his Urban Warriors outfit would be in for another tough assignment in
midweek, following a narrow 3-2 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns over the
"It’s always difficult coming to Cape Town to play Ajax," Taylor said in anticipation of the visiting Pirates team.
"We like to play good football at home. Pirates are similar to Sundowns, they have a lot of quality players.
"When (Pirates) turn it on, they certainly can turn it on. We know what to
expect and we don’t really need to motivate players for a game like this