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Keet told to fight for No 1 spot with Marques

Tinkler wants 'healthy competition' between keepers

Neville Khoza Journalist
Darren Keet of Cape Town City.
Darren Keet of Cape Town City.
Image: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler has urged fully fit Darren Keet to challenge Hugo Marques for the No 1 jersey in the new season.

Angolan international Marques, 36, had an impressive debut season with the Citizens, making 33 appearances across all competitions, and won the PSL goalkeeper of the year award.

Former Bafana Bafana No 1 Keet made a single appearance last season and Tinkler is looking forward to healthy competition between the two.

“Both of them have been working extremely hard together during the preseason and they each have different strengths,” Tinkler said.

“We know the type of season we are going to have and we are going to need both of them. So they are working hard together at training. There is competitiveness between the two of them but it is a healthy one.

“Hugo Marques was the goalkeeper of the year last season so he still holds that number one spot for now, but what I know about Darren is when he gets his opportunity, he will grab it with both hands.”

The Citizens will make their first appearances in the CAF Champions League in the new season, while they will also be competing in the MTN8, Nedbank Cup and the DStv Premiership title.

With Tinkler having experience in the continental competition before with Orlando Pirates, he says he will use it to help the Citizens.

“That’s the hope. We would love to go as far as we possibly can. I think it's a fantastic achievement for Cape Town City. You know we are going into our seventh season as a club,” he said.

“We’ve given our self loads of opportunities here – the MTN8, the CAF, maybe the Carling Cup as well and obviously the league. We finished second last season and expectations from fans are to push [Mamelodi] Sundowns and that’s going to be our objective. That has not changed.

"Last season and every time I’ve coached at Maritzburg United and Chippa United, when I play against teams I want to win, so that mentality won’t change.”

The Citizens will start their season with a home match against champions Sundowns at Cape Town Stadium on Friday at 7.30pm.

Fixtures

Friday: CPT City v Sundowns, Cape Town, 7.30pm.

Saturday: Gallants v Stellenbosch, Peter Mokaba, 3pm; Arrows v Richards Bay, Princess Magogo, 3pm; Pirates v Swallows, Orlando, 3pm; Royal v Chiefs, Chatsworth, 5.30pm; Maritzburg v Sekhukhune, Harry Gwala, 8pm.

Sunday: Galaxy v AmaZulu, Milpark, 3pm; SuperSport v Chippa, Lucas Moripe, 5.30pm.

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