The side earned a point away at Baroka FC on the final of the 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaign to avoid automatic relegation.
They will now battle it out with National First Division sides Royal Eagles and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in the play-offs for the last spot in the PSL.
The mini league starts on Wednesday 15 May 2019 and ends on June 1. Tinkler says COSAFA is not important to him.
The team of choice start their play-offs campaign this coming Sunday against Eagles.
Tinkler adds that he has an idea of both NFD sides, however his fear is his players potentially dropping their standards to suit the opposition.
The coach hopes his players have learned not to rely on past records, referring to the side’s form two seasons ago adding that competition in the Absa premiership keeps improving.
Tinkler adds it is important for the KwaZulu-Natal to win their home games in the mini league.