The word ‘satisfied’ not in Tinkler’s dictionary as he aims higher

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Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler insists there is no sense of satisfaction at the club despite their current position.

The Team of Choice are preparing to welcome Stellenbosch FC to the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday, knowing that victory will lift them up to 4th position on the Absa Premiership table.

Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler says he still wants more:

United’s last league game two weeks ago yielded one of the shocks of the season as they stunned league leaders Kaizer Chiefs in Soweto.

The result has reignited the title race and added more interest to the championship, with Amakhosi’s one-time 9-point lead now down to four.

As for United, who also shocked Bidvest Wits in the same week, they need to keep their feet firmly grounded.

Tinkler knows that is one of the most important things for his players at this stage of the season.

Maritzburg’s double over two of the country’s biggest clubs means they have now won three out of their last five league games for a total of 33 points in sixth place.

They are six points ahead of ninth-placed Stellenbosch, who have themselves done well in their first season as a top-flight team.

Tinkler knows beating Stellenbosch FC will not be an easy feat:

The clash in Pietermaritzburg is United’s penultimate one before the March international break when Tinkler will be hoping to lose more than just his Ghana international goalkeeper, Richard Ofori to his country.

With United in red-hot form, several more of their players have been tipped to receive national calls, like defender Rushine de Reuck and striker Judas Moseamedi.

Should those forecasted call-ups happen, Tinkler says it will only be beneficial to the Team of Choice:

Report by Thahir Asmal