Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
1 minute read
7 Mar 2016
10:08 am

Pirates have not lived up to expectations – Tinkler

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler admitted his team have not lived up to expectations this season, but remains hopeful that the Nedbank Cup may provide some salvation.

Eric Tinkler coach of Orlando Pirates (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix)

“When we started this season we set ourselves a target of doing what we had done in 2013, which was getting to five cup finals. Unfortunately we haven’t achieved that so it has not been a great season for me,” said Tinkler.

In the 2013-14 season, Pirates played in every domestic cup final and also in the Caf Champions League but only had the Nedbank Cup trophy to show for it.

This season, the Buccaneers have only been to the Caf Confederations Cup final and were knocked out in the first round of the MTN8 and in the semifinal of the Telkom Knockout.

But an impressive 2-0 over Kaizer Chiefs in their Nedbank Cup match at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon gives Pirates a chance to salvage some silverware yet.

“I am very happy with our results against Chiefs, but what’s more important is winning trophies, which is why I became a coach. Fortunately we can still finish the season on a positive note,” said Tinkler who has guided Pirates to two impressive wins, a loss and a draw against Amakhosi this season.

READ: Pirates wallop Chiefs to reach Nedbank Cup Last 16

On Saturday, Tinkler’s men looked set for another disappointment with Chiefs dominating play and looking the more likely to score with less than 20 minutes to go.

But the introduction of Sifiso Myeni and Thabo Qalinge revived the Buccaneers a little and they started creating some chances. A thunderous shot by Tendai Ndoro from inside the box beat Reyaad Pieterse to give Bucs the lead.

A few minutes later, Ndoro was at it again, striking a rocket from long range to make it 2-0 and send Pirates into the last-16.