Manyama: It's difficult to say no to SuperSport United

The Citizens captain has acknowledged that while losing their coach is disappointing, he understands why Tinkler would leave

Eric Tinkler was confirmed as the new SuperSport United head coach on Thursday afternoon.

The 46-year-old’s move to Tshwane came as surprise to many, with most of the Cape Town City faithful understandably disappointed after Tinkler had guided them to an unprecedented third place finish in their maiden Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign.

Meanwhile, the Citizens’ captain Lebogang Manyama, has also opened up about his thoughts on the departure of the City coach and has stated that while he is disappointed, he is not surprised by the coach’s decision.

“We meet to part in football at the end of the day. Nothing lasts forever,” Manyama told The Star.

“He saw an opportunity for him and his family first and foremost. We have to respect that.

"We can’t judge what he did because he knows his reasons. And he probably feels with more resources and a slightly better squad at SuperSport he can achieve more success. All we can do is wish him the best and be thankful for all the time we spent with him at Cape Town City,” Manyama added.

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"You can see with our fans’ reaction that it is disappointing to see him go, but that is football. We have to move and find ways to continue where we left off. There is no doubt that he will always be remembered because of the season we had and him being coach.

“I haven’t spoken to him since the last day of the season, so I read in the papers that he was going,” Manyama said.

“But when a team like SuperSport comes calling, you have to think of your family. He also has to secure his future. I don’t know the real reasons, but I think that is part of it,” Manyama expressed.