Tinkler calms PSL title talk

2017-03-06 11:30
Eric Tinkler (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - High flying Cape Town City head coach Eric Tinkler says it's too early to say his charges are strong contenders for the 2016/17 Absa Premiership title.

The Citizens continued their fairytale story when they leap-frogged SuperSport United to the summit of the log following a 1-0 triumph over Mamelodi Sundowns at the Athlone stadium on Friday evening, courtesy of a Lebohang Manyama strike.

The 46-year-old mentor insisted that he is not yet concerned about making history with the PSL rookies, but intends to keep their winning momentum afloat.

"It's too early to think about who is going to win the title now," Tinkler said.

"Definitely we have done extremely well because we have collected 13 points in the last five games.

"I don't think I could have asked for more from our players, but that phase is over now.

Tinkler remains realistic as Sundowns have four games in hand and the former Orlando Pirates mentor is not getting ahead of himself in the title race.

"We are moving on to a Cup game against Acornbush and we want to go through that and go as far as we can in the Nedbank Cup. And then we'll obviously have a tough game against Bloem Celtic away.

"We still want to keep our momentum going and it's vital to win the rest of the games to ensure that we keep tabs with title contenders.

"Yes, Sundowns lost on Friday, but if they win their two games in hand they'll be above us and that's a harsh reality," continued Tinkler.

"So we have to keep winning if we want to be amongst the title contenders."

The Citizens will switch their focus to the Nedbank Cup Round of 32 when they face ABC Motsepe League side Acornbush United on Sunday afternoon.

Kick-off is at 15:00.

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