Cape Town - Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler believes it was
crucial for his team to beat Polokwane City in the lead up to the Telkom
The Team of Choice have a massive game coming up against Mamelodi
Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout final on Saturday and Tinkler knew it would
severely hamper his team's chances to shock the Brazilians if they went into
the clash with anything less than a win against Rise and Shine.
Yusuf Jappie produced the only goal of the game against
Polokwane to secure a 1-0 win for Maritzburg, boosting their self-belief at
just the right time.
"I said (to the players before the Polokwane game),
'you know you come off a loss against SuperSport United. What you don't want is
to go into that final after another loss because that would obviously dent your
confidence',” said Tinkler, according to Sowetan Live.
"So, it was important to come to Polokwane and win
because we know that will help us leading up to the final."
Despite the importance of the TKO final, Tinkler also
reminded everyone that the Absa Premiership always remains the priority.
He added: "I have said this before; the league is the
most important thing for us.
"We set ourselves certain targets by December and the focus
was primarily on that, now we will obviously turn our focus to the cup
Saturday’s clash kicks off at 18:00.
- TeamTalk Media