Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
1 minute read
7 May 2016
9:00 am

Tinkler expects a tough clash against Maritzburg

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler says their fixture against Maritzburg United at the Orlando Stadium tonight will be a difficult one with lots of surprises left at this stage of the league.

Eric Tinkler, Head Coach of Orlando Pirates (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Pirates, who are in sixth spot with 39 points, are bidding to finish the league in third place with the aim of getting a spot to play in the CAF Confederation Cup, while United are looking to beat the relegation axe as they sit at the bottom with 20 points, five points away from safety with three games remaining.

“It is going to be a tough game. I have been saying this for some time now, at this stage of the season there are no easy games,” said the Pirates mentor.

“You see results you never expect, Celtic hitting Ajax 5-0, a week before Platinum losing 4-1 to Chippa United.

“Everybody is looking to get themselves either out of a difficult situation at the bottom or trying to get into the top eight,” he added.

“Maritzburg are in a very precarious position and I think a result against us will give them at least another hope of surviving the drop. Not getting a result against us will send them to the to the National First Division, so it is going to be an extremely tough game.”

The Bucs coach has sympathy for United. However, he says it is vital for the Buccaneers to get maximum points.

“Having drawn against Polokwane and lost to Platinum Stars, we have set ourselves a target of winning both games. We would have been on 44 points and found ourselves in third position. Unfortunately we didn’t achieve that, we only got one point.”