Cape Town - Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler
revealed he is focused primarily on the Absa Premiership form despite the club's progress in
the Nedbank Cup.
They advanced to the round of 16 after a penalty shoot-out
win over Stellenbosch on Friday but face two tricky Premiership fixtures
against Wits and Kaizer Chiefs in the coming week.
"My priority has always been the league and we want to
ensure that we finish well in the league, we have 10 very tough games coming up
in the league and I felt that in this game we have to be cautious," he
said, speaking of the Nedbank Cup clash.
"I made seven changes; to blame the players for the
performance would be harsh.
"It has obviously been in my thoughts because the
league is very important for us. Yes we have done well, yes we are away from
that bottom group but it is not for that reason, it is more for targets and
objectives that I have set myself and us as a team have set and these 10 games
are very important, especially the next two.
"So, we want to make sure that when we go to Wits, we
collect something, when we go to Chiefs, we collect something."
The Team of Choice are currently sixth in the Premiership
and are 18 points behind pacesetters Kaizer Chiefs but need to maintain good
form in order to keep their place in the top eight.
However, some might question the logic in making the cup
competitions a secondary priority as it is the only real chance the club has at
grabbing silverware this season.
- TeamTalk Media