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How Tinkler Will Relax His Lads’ Nerves

How Tinkler Will Relax His Lads’ Nerves
Posted: 27 October 2021

Western Cape side Cape Town City FC will face Mamelodi Sundowns FC in the first cup final of the season in the MTN 8 at the much-loved Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Eye ball to eye ball, shoulder to shoulder and cheek to cheek the players will stand and set to battle it out for the R8 million prize money.

City’s Head Coach, Eric Tinkler tells The Beautiful Game how he’ll help his players calm their nerves and sort out other aspects before the Cup final, saying;

“I think the planning and the preparation is the same as other games, it doesn’t change. But obviously being a final, you know there is going to be butterflies and my job, the technical team’s job is to try and avoid that stress that the players will go through.

“We try to make the training sessions more enjoyable during the week, we don’t do too much or less video work. Obviously there is more motivation that we do, like looking for motivational videos that we might show them leading up to the final.

“Obviously in the final itself, players worry about what we wearing; new tracksuit or a suit – you know you what to get those issues out of the way as soon as possible. Is my girlfriend (players’ partners) allowed to travel, you know…all those questions are coming up so we trying to get all those things ironed out by the beginning of the week so that everybody can start focusing on the main business which is trying to win the trophy,” he concluded.

The Cape Townians come into this Cup Final as underdogs, but in football, there is no if’s, buts or maybes, this is it – one chance, once off, it’s anybody’s game.

Article By;
Selebalo Karabo Phasha.