Absa Premiership

Matlaba praises Tinker’s tactics

2016-01-18 12:10
Eric Tinkler (Supplied)

Pietermaritzburg - Following their emphatic six goal thriller against Maritzburg United at the weekend, Orlando Pirates captain Thabo Matlaba said that the half-time team-talk held by head coach Eric Tinkler proved significant as it helped the Soweto giants earn a vital point in Kwazulu-Natal.

The Buccaneers came from 3 goals behind to snatch a point against the Team of Choice in an Absa Premiership match at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday.

Pirates found the back of the net courtesy of Matlaba, Kermit Erasmus and Thabo Rakhale while Brian Onyango, Evans Rusike and the late Mondli Cele were on target for United.

Matlaba admitted that the Buccaneers have conceded silly goals before the interval but did well to re-group and came back strongly in the second-half.

“We conceded silly goals in the first half but we also managed to regroup and came back strongly in the second half," said Matlaba.

“Both Eric (Tinkler) and Teboho (Moloi) told us to work hard and said we could still win the game.

“So they said that if they (Maritzburg) could manage to score three goals in the first half we can also do the same in the second half.

“The coach motivated us to go back to the field strongly and do exactly what he instructed us to do and we did exactly that as a team.

“And we managed to get a draw at the end of the day, so the half-time team talk really worked for us.”

Pirates remained at the bottom half of the table occupying the 11th position spot while United are still rooted at the bottom of the log.

Pirates will face Jomo Cosmos away from home in their next PSL assignment on Saturday.

Read more on:    orlando pirates  |  psl  |  eric tinkler  |  soccer


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Friday, 28 February 2020
Maritzburg United v Stellenbosch, Harry Gwala Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 29 February 2020
Orlando Pirates v Kaizer Chiefs, FNB Stadium 15:30
Golden Arrows v Highlands Park, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 15:30
Chippa United v AmaZulu, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v Wits, Mbombela Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 01 March 2020
Cape Town City v Mamelodi Sundowns, Cape Town Stadium 15:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Baroka FC, Dr Molemela Stadium 15:30
Polokwane City v Black Leopards, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2019/20 Absa Premiership champions will be ... ?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.