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Eric Tinkler reveals Kaizer Chiefs’ ’biggest weapon’

The mastermind behind Cape Town City’s triumph over Kaizer Chiefs coach Eric Tinkler has pinpointed what could be the Soweto giants’ biggest weapon this season.

Tinkler and his troops handed Chiefs their fourth defeat of the season and first at home with CT City striker Khanyisa Mayo scoring the only goal of the DStv Premiership game at FNB Stadium on Tuesday night.

It is safe to say that Tinkler has Chiefs’ number and has managed to exploit their weakness as the tactician has now won 12 matches against Amakhosi, making the latter the team he has beaten the most in the PSL.

In addition, CT City are the first time in PSL history to beat Chiefs four times in a row in the league, and Tinkler oversaw all four victories.

The 1996 AFCON winner with Bafana Bafana, Tinkler has since revealed Kaizer Chiefs’ most potent weapon.

“As City, we watched them in recent games. We obviously assessed our game against them in the MTN8 and how they hurt us,” said Tinkler in Soweto. “We are a pressing team. That’s what we always do We press teams. And we’re not afraid to go at teams.

Eric Tinkler of Cape Town City FC during a game
Eric Tinkler


“From our analysis was how did they hurt us? They hurt us on the counter. What is their biggest weapon? The speed that they possess.”

The Soweto giants beat CT City 2-1 in an MTN8 quarter-final clash in August before losing 3-2 on aggregate against Mamelodi Sundowns in the semi-final.

It was sweet revenge for Tinkler in the league. And the coach also stated that teams that sit back and invite Chiefs to attack to catch them on a counter-attacker have a great chance of beating the Glamour Boys.

“So, for me, logically, it made sense considering the fact that we would have fatigue in our legs,” added Tinkler. “So, let’s not press them because by pressing them, we just going to increase that fatigue.

“Rather drop off, don’t give them the space in behind. Protect the space behind, and in the second half, we can bring fresh legs. The longer the game goes on at 0-0, the more frustrated they are going to grow. And the more frustrated the crowd is it is going to get at them.

“And then we going to get our opportunities, so that was the logic that I applied.”

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