Cape Town - Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Eric Tinkler insists his mass squad changes for their clash against SuperSport United was only due to the virus currently making its rounds in Soweto.
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Tinkler made no fewer than eight changes to the team that drew 0-0 with University of Pretoria at the weekend, and it seemed to have the desired effect as the Buccaneers hammered Matsatsantsa 4-1 to go second in the Premiership standings.
And, he insists the overhaul was due to an illness picked up during their CAF Confederations Cup clash in Gabon earlier this month, which has hit several of the club's players.
"[In] the game against Tuks, we didn't get a good response from all the changes," Tinkler said.
"I won't say the changes didn't work, but we didn't have enough time to develop those changes in terms of training.
"This one we had one extra day to work with the players and there was more cohesion in the squad.
"The Tuks game, we had just came back from Gabon and we had quite few players who picked up a virus.
"We were forced to make few changes in that game. We had Rooi Mahamutsa fit, but also suspended for the game against Tuks."