Cape Town - Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Eric Tinkler is
convinced his side's 4-0 Premiership win over Ajax Cape Town on Saturday is a
"turning point" for the Soweto giants this season.
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The Buccaneers put on a dominant second-half display at the
Orlando Stadium this weekend as an own goal from Anssi Jaakkola and strikes
from Lehlohonolo Majoro, Kermit Erasmus and Siyabonga Sangweni sealed the
The result was only enough to lift Pirates to fifth in the
standings, still some 18 points adrift of leaders Kaizer Chiefs, but Tinkler
believes the Sea Robbers can now look ahead to the second half of the campaign
with plenty of belief and optimism.
"It was vitally important that we got this result to
ensure that we turn our season around. I think this is the turning point for the
team and I see us doing well for the rest of the season," Tinkler said
after the game.
"We are on 22 points now after 15 matches which really
means we are eight behind our target at this stage. So it's a massive gap if I
have to be entirely honest.
"But it is still achievable and I explained to the
players that we have two more games to go before the break, and it is vitally
important that we win both games.
"When I took over at the team, it was basically five
games till the Christmas break.
"It's important that we got at least 10 points from the
15 available. That was the target, so we must win our next two next games to
achieve that target."