Tinkler targets top-three finish with Cape Town City

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The Citizens kept their title hopes alive with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Free State Stars on Friday night

Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler aims to finish third and qualify for the Caf Confederation Cup, saying anything beyond that will be a bonus.

“Right now we are sitting in third [second to be precise] and we need to finish the season in this position at least. If we can finish higher that’s great, but unfortunately that relies on others,” Tinkler told TMG Sport.

City are still battling for the league title alongside Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns, and their win over Ea Lla Koto gave their title hopes a massive boost.

They hope to see Wits and Downs drop points in their remaining four matches, although their target of finishing third remains.

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“Wits need to drop points, Sundowns too. If we could finish third it would be a phenomenal achievement,” Tinkler said.

“Judas worked extremely hard [against Stars]. We started him out on the right as an experiment and he had a fantastic performance over the 90 minutes,” Tinkler said.

“He did very, very well. He was causing them problems, although we could have tried to utilize him more, especially with the diagonal ball because you know they had (Sifiso) Mbhele, who really couldn’t match him for aerial ability or pace,” Tinkler added.

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