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Opinion: Tinkler can challenge Sundowns dominance if he gets second chance at Pirates?

Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler, in a short space of time since being reappointed at the Citizens, has reminded the football fraternity that he's still one of the best coaches in the PSL.

City were exciting to watch under his predecessor Jan Olde Riekerink but they were conceding a lot of goals and lacked direction, as the Dutchman was eventually relieved of his duties and Tinkler recalled at the Mother City club in the last few matches last term.

Tinkler has transformed the side so early in the season, as they qualified for the MTN8 final and gave Sundowns a good run for their money.

Given the depth of Sundowns' quality, many fans expected the final to be one-sided, with the Brazilians easily bagging the title but Tinker, a shrewd tactician, masterminded a good plan that had the match on the edge throughout. 

Masandawana had some decent chances to kill the game when they were leading 1-0 but the Citizens deserves credit for actually breaking down Sundowns and getting on the scoresheet, which is not easy, especially if the Tshwane side scores first.

And a huge credit has to go to Tinkler, for matching Sundowns pound for pound on the night.

In the penalty shootouts, it was anybody's game but when you have Denis Onyango in goal, you're almost guaranteed to win, as the Ugandan is just colossal between the poles.

Tinkler may not challenge Sundowns for the league title, given the limited resources that he has but he has shown the capability of potentially being one of the local coaches who can challenge the Tshwane giants, if he was at a well resourced club.

City coach is a former Orlando Pirates coach himself and a second spell at the Buccaneers in the near future may not be off the cards, if you consider that the Citizens also recalled him after he initially left them in 2017 to join SuperSport United. 

Tinkler's tenure at Pirates probably came too early in his managerial career, as he was still cutting his teeth.

In fact Pirates were the first club to give him his first managerial experience, as a head coach, as firstly he started out as an assistant coach to Roger De Sa at Bidvest Wits before he joined the Soweto giants in 2012, firstly also as an assistant coach to Vladimir Vermezovic.

Tinkler then became caretaker coach and permanent coach after Vermezovic left and guided Pirates to the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup final, where they lost 2-1 on aggregate to Tunisian side Etoile Du Sahel.

The Buccaneers currently lack direction and perhaps Tinkler has gained valuable experience to awaken the sleeping giant and compete with Sundowns for major honours from a position of strength.

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