Tinkler: We let ourselves down

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SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler
  • Post published:November 28, 2017

SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler believes his side let themselves down after falling short of clinching the Caf Confederation Cup against TP Mazembe.

Matsatsantsa were forced to settle for a goalless draw in the second leg at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday as they were defeated 2-1 on aggregate in the final of the African tournament.

Tinkler insists that his side will now turn their focus on doing well in the Absa Premiership ahead of the clash against the Urban Warriors on Wednesday.

‘It is a massive disappointment for everybody,’ Tinkler told the Caf website. ‘It is never a good feeling to end as runners-up. We let ourselves down.

‘Mazembe started better and pressed us in the opening 10 to 15 nminutes. And that start caught us by surprise. They had two chances, but failed to score. Then after we settled and started to take control.

‘Football is about creating opportunities to score and I don’t think we did enough of that during the 90 minutes. We did not produce enough quality in the final third to get that goal.

‘We have to give some credit to Mazembe. Losing doesn’t make us a bad team, neither me a bad coach nor the players bad. We have to move on and focus on our next objective, which is the domestic league.’

SuperSport will now turn their attention back to the Absa Premiership when they host Ajax Cape Town at the Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday, with kick-off scheduled for 19:30.