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Tinkler is officially a Pirate

By Ramatsiyi Moholoa | Sep 20, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 84 ]

FORMER hard-tackling Bafana Bafana midfielder Eric Tinkler is reuniting with his friend Roger De Sa at reigning Premiership champions Orlando Pirates.

Tinkler will be officially unveiled as the new assistant coach of Pirates by the club's chairman Irvin "Iron Duke" Khoza at training today.

"I can confirm that Eric is joining us as an assistant coach, I was approached by the coach (De Sa) that he would like to work with Eric," Khoza said yesterday.

"I immediately spoke to Brian Joffe (the chairman of Wits), he agreed to release Eric to come and join Pirates with immediate effect.

"We have a solid working relationship with Wits, which goes a long way. I would like to thank Mr Joffe for the gesture.

"The appointment of Eric is yet another vote of confidence by Pirates' management of former professional soccer players of South Africa to coach the team.

"Just like Roger, Eric also has a passion for development, which is why the duo were doing well with youngsters at Wits. I strongly believe we have a great technical staff to ensure that we continue winning trophies again. We also need to do well in the African Champions League."

De Sa is likely to retain Pirates legend Tebogo "Tebza Ngwana" Moloi with Siphiwe Ngwenya set to return to the club's development programme.

When De Sa was employed as coach two weeks ago, Khoza made it clear the former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper would have a free hand in choosing his own assistant.

"That is the reason why I have gone to Wits to negotiate for the release of Eric because the two coaches have worked together for a long time," said Khoza.

Tinkler looked lonely on the Wits bench after the arrival of Spaniard Antonio Lopez Habas, who replaced De Sa in August.

Habas, who has also worked at Mamelodi Sundowns, also brought along his long-time friend Miquel Martinez to serve as his assistant.

De Sa and Tinkler could not be reached for comment at the time of going to press.


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Khoza is a joke, anyway it's 2012, the beginning of sorrows. There will be factions in the team, mark my words, I see Tebza ganging with Bennie, Moneeb, Klate and the like against these white boys. I doubt if they will be there at the end of the season.

Sep 20, 2012 9:16 | 0 replies

Welcome Eric!

Sep 20, 2012 10:23 | 0 replies

Ja this is the end of the road for sa and tinkler...
Tinkler would be better off playing for them...

Sep 20, 2012 10:28 | 0 replies

Eeeee....., Now pirates is going to play defending football.

Sep 20, 2012 10:35 | 0 replies

Hosh6(Dtc.Psl)(Gold Star.Acl)
Why are the zebras concerned about what's happening in the champions' ship?
You will notice that on every article about Champs,the first comment is manure from a Zonkey my champ. Its a phenomenon that brings the urgent need to drop some Zonkey manure whenever they see anything to do with the Mighty Bucs. We have to understand that its chronic and they cant control it.
When they drop their manure,it brings the Striped Zonkeys temporary relief from their insecurities of reading about DTC which they can never achieve,thinking about our Star makes it chronic for them.

@DTCHosh6 & Blackenwhite

This Zonkeys r so boring U know, Why can't they just concerned about Mbombela issue concerning their Bob steak? This family Business Club can't learn fropm previous seasons, that we never started at the top, but end up at the top.Rodger and Tinkler r proffesionals, there is no way that they will not field Benny even if He is on form. All they r saying is only jealousy.


Sep 20, 2012 10:42 | 0 replies

someone once said (Orlando PiWits)

Sep 20, 2012 10:45 | 0 replies

Dream on Rodets , Dream on sad people the happy days are over now , Both guys failed at wits , Do you think you will something this season , In your dreams

Wena just tell us gore Baxter nkile a wiina eng since athoma career ya gage ya go coacher. At least Rodger O tsere cup a betha Amazulu, lat season aya le rena di final tsa TKO.

Sep 20, 2012 11:18 | 0 replies

Harris “TV4” Cheou for me!! Don't like this De Sa !!

Where is the "Leal must go choir" ?

anyone out there to answer plse!!

Sep 20, 2012 11:19 | 0 replies

Harris “TV4” Cheou for me!! Don't like this De Sa !!

Where is the "Leal must go choir" ?

anyone out there to answer plse!!
~~~it is singing( tasto must shut-up)

Sep 20, 2012 11:38 | 0 replies

hai hai mr chairman what is this now??? orlando wits?

Sep 20, 2012 10:22 | 0 replies

Position 11 for Pie@ss..

Sep 20, 2012 10:7 | 0 replies