Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
2 minute read
29 Feb 2016
10:30 am

Pirates won’t get carried away – Tinkler

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Orlando Pirates' performance might be looking impressive in the last couple of games, but coach Eric Tinkler says they won't get carried away.

Eric Tinkler, coach of Cape Town City. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

The Buccaneers recorded their fourth league victory from their last six games on Saturday night, beating Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 at the Orlando Stadium.

“We have won two consecutive matches before, so it is not really a big deal. Unless when we get to a point whereby we win three or four games in a row – then we can say we are progressing,” said Tinkler.

With the team not partaking in the Caf competitions this year, the Pirates mentor admitted he is missing taking part in the continental competitions and thinks that is where the club belongs.

Tinkler said he had been watching the likes Ajax Cape Town, Bidvest Wits, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns doing their bid in the Caf Confederation Cup and Champions League respectively, which has been heart-breaking for him.

“Obviously I’ve got an eye on what’s happening in the Champions league and the Caf Confederation Cup, that’s only normal, because we have experienced that journey right to the final. And one would like to be there again. That has to be our main objective. That is where we should be, a big club like Orlando Pirates that is where we should be. I reckon that is where we belong,” he added.

Tinkler says it is important for the club to collect as many points as they can now, so they could climb the table. However, they will also be looking into doing well in the Nedbank Cup in order to get an opportunity to play in the continental competition.

“It is important that we now try to climb the league as quickly as we can. We also have the Nedbank Cup, which might give us the opportunity to play in the competition again.

“The positive sides to a degree is that we have just come through a whole period of playing a lot of games. I don’t think it would have affected us had we have gone through that again, particularly in the league. The concentration now has to be on the league and climbing the table. Possibly that would have affected us in a negative way.”