The re-appointment of Eric Tinkler as Cape Town City FC head coach has proved to be a masterstroke.
Tinkler was previously the very first coach of the Citizens in June 2016.
However, a year later he moved to become head coach of SuperSport United. He quit the Matsatsantsa job in March 2018.
After a spell with Chippa United, he became manager of Maritzburg United in January 2019, but left the KwaZulu-Natal club in November 2020.
He returned as manager of Cape Town City on 24 May 2021.
And it’s been a welcome return to the Cape for Tinkler who has the Citizens flying high in the DStv Premiership standings with just three matches remaining.
Cape Town City are currently in third place on goal difference behind Royal AM (and runaway title winners Mamelodi Sundowns) as they chase a coveted CAF berth next season.
Their progress up the standings has largely been due to their ability to pick up points on a regular basis and the Citizens are now unbeaten in 11 league matches since the December 2021 break.
It’s their longest run with tasting defeat since they joined the top-flight in 2016.
Their previous record was 10 unbeaten matches under the guidance of, you guessed it, Eric Tinkler.
Cape Town City have an ‘easy’ final three matches – on paper at least – with their next two at home and their final clash up the road in Stellenbosch.
Cape Town City’s final 3 matches:
Saturday, 7 May v TS Galaxy (H) – 19:30
Saturday, 14 May v AmaZulu (H) – 15:00
Saturday, 21 May v Stellenbosch FC (A) – 15:00
Eric Tinkler, now 51, played for Bidvest Wits in South Africa, but made a name for himself at English club Barnsley whom he represented in 100 matches between 1997 and 2002.
He also has 48 Bafana Bafana caps – and one goal – in all competitions.
Tinkler was part of the South Africa squad that won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), playing in the final.