Tinkler: It’s going to be extremely tough

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Eric Tinkler has left underdogs Cape Town City reeling
  • Post published:April 18, 2017

Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler says the Absa Premiership is at a stage, where every point is valuable for both title-contenders and relegation-candidates, writes DYLAN APPOLIS.

The Cape-based side are currently placed first in the Absa Premiership table level on 45 points and goal difference with Kaizer Chiefs, having played one less game than Amakhosi.

The 49-year-old coach stressed the importance of collecting maximum points in their seven remaining games in a bid to clinch the title, but the former Orlando Pirates mentor acknowledged the difficulty in doing so in addition to highlighting the complexities of the current Absa Premiership table.

‘I think this season and if you look right now, from Baroka all the way to us any defeat right now is a bad defeat. You wait two games and Baroka could find themselves in the top eight, that’s how tight it is right now,’ Tinkler said at a press conference.

‘Obviously, you don’t want to be losing points but I still believe there is going to be points dropped this season.’

Tinkler went on to say that it will be a ‘tough’ and ‘close’ race to see who will get top honours in the Absa Premiership, with all the top teams yet to play one another.

‘There were seasons where SuperSport (United) were winning the league with 56 points and Pirates with 58 points, so I don’t think there is going to be a team running away with it this season when you consider that everybody still has to play everybody at the top.

‘Wits still has (Mamelodi) Sundowns again and (Orlando) Pirates, who are showing good form and coming up. It’s going to be extremely tough, tight and close season and I think that on its own will tell you how important the three points are for both teams.

Cape Town City will be hoping for a positive result when they take on third-place Bidvest Wits in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday.

The match at Cape Town Stadium kicks off at 19:30.