Cape Town – Eric Tinkler admits that he has a selection headache as Orlando Pirates prepare for their CAF Confederation Cup against Zamalek.
Tinkler took the Sea Robbers through their paces in the team's final session before departing for Egypt and expressed his delight with the players returning from injury and those returning from international duty.
“It definitely has given me a selection headache to finalise the squad going to Egypt because everyone is eager to go, we have had good training sessions with the guys that remained with the Club during the FIFA break and they all putting in good performances in the friendlies we had during the break," said the coach on the club’s website.
“Of course we were also keeping track of all our players who were away doing duty for their respective national teams. I thought they all put in solid performances and they have come back with a positive energy which will surely inspire everyone for the upcoming match against Zamalek.
“What is vitally important for us is that all the returning players came back healthy and injury free with the exception for Thamsanqa Gabuza who received a knock to his knee but has been since cleared by the Club’s Physiotherapist”, concluded Tinkler.
Orlando Pirates players who rejoined the squad after national duty are Felipe Ovono, Edwin Gyimah, Thamsanqa Gabuza and Mpho Makola.
Menzi Masuku and Gift Motupa who were both on duty for the national under-23 squad are expected to report back today.
Pirates clash with Zamalek on Sunday, September 13.
Kick-off is at 20:30 (SA time).