Absa Premiership

Tinkler to take Tornado FC seriously

2015-02-17 12:49
Eric Tinkler celebrating

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Eric Tinkler certainly won't be underestimating Tornado FC when the teams do battle in the Nedbank Cup Last 32.

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The holders open their title defence on Wednesday, February 18 at the Orlando Stadium.

Tinkler, who, despite guiding his charges to an undefeated run of six league matches, recalls a difficult opening round last season when Pirates were taken all the way to a penalty shootout by First Division outfit Thanda Royal Zulu.

"You would like to keep the momentum (of winning games) going but it's a cup competition we're the holders of and one we would dearly love to win," he told Pirates official website.

"We faced Thanda (Royal Zulu) last season in the opening round and it was a difficult afternoon for us, so we're not going to underestimate any team.

“It is always difficult playing against teams like Tornado because there is little that we know about their strengths and/or weaknesses; yet they know everything there is to know about us from all our televised games.

“But look, they are in the Nedbank Cup so that makes them formidable opposition for us; so the approach will be the same as for any other PSL Team.”

He added: “It is vitally important that we go out there and give a good performance, we have to be focused and execute our plan.

“We simply have to ensure that we go through to the next round of the Nedbank Cup.”

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