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Maritzburg United reward Eric Tinkler with new deal

15:21 BST 12/06/2019
Eric Tinkler, Maritzburg United
The Team of Choice mentor was influential in the side's fight for safety and has been duly rewarded

After a rather abysmal 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season, Maritzburg United are now looking to the future and have handed head coach Eric Tinkler a new deal.

The former Orlando Pirates coach was roped in with Maritzburg sitting in a precarious situation in the league following the departures of both Fadlu Davids and Muhsin Ertugral earlier in the season.

The 48-year-old steered the ship as he took charge of the senior team at the end of January, and he ensured that the Team of Choice would live to fight another day as they finished 15th on the league standings, subsequently having to defend their PSL status through the play-offs.

With his side motivated, Tinkler guided his team to safety as they registered a 100% win record in the play-offs, breaking Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) and Royal Eagles’ hearts in the process.

Nonetheless, Tinkler’s exploits have not gone unnoticed and he has now been duly rewarded by the Maritzburg hierarchy.

The former Bafana Bafana star has signed a two-year deal which should keep him at the KwaZulu-Natal outfit until the end of 2020/21 season.

 

With Tinkler’s stay now confirmed it remains to be seen what changes will be made to the club’s playing personnel ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Several players are expected to depart including Maritzburg’s star attacking duo of Fortune Makaringe, who has reportedly signed for Orlando Pirates and Siphesihle Ndlovu, who is also believed to be closing in on a move away.

Furthermore, Maritzburg chairman Farook Kadodia previously revealed to Goal that former Mamelodi Sundowns star Yannick Zakri would also be placed on the transfer list.