Absa Premiership

Tinkler: Chance of a lifetime

2017-04-25 08:32
Eric Tinkler (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Eric Tinkler has told his Cape Town City players that the chance to win the league title may come only once in their relatively short careers as professional footballers.

In their first season since buying out the Mpumamlanga Black Aces franchise, City were not expected to challenge for silverware.

But they have already won the Telkom Knockout competition and sit top of the league table going into Tuesday night's home showdown with championship rivals Kaizer Chiefs.

Having played down City's title hopes in recent weeks, Tinkler has now made his players aware of the enormity of the position they find themselves in and wants them to grasp the opportunity while it's there.

"Careers at the top of sport are very short‚ eight to 10 years maximum if you are playing at the highest level," he told the media.

"The opportunity only comes once in a lifetime and you have to be able to grasp it. Going for a title should push you and motivate you.

"We had a long discussion around that opportunity‚ you never know it might never come again. We've got six games left - that’s a possible 18 points," said the City boss.

And Tinkler says he wants his charges to have a full-blooded go at Amakhosi when the two sides clash at Cape Town Stadium.

"We've reached that stage of the season now where we having nothing to lose. But we also have to throw everything at it and go for it," he said.

Kick off is at 19:30.

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