Eric Tinkler blames Caf Confederation Cup for SuperSport United's struggles in the PSL

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Tinkler has hinted that Matsatsantsa may not go all out in this year's Caf Confed Cup. He says doing well in the league remains a priority

SuperSport United head coach Eric Tinkler says it’s going to be another tough encounter as his team visits Bloemfontein Celtic for the Nedbank Cup Last 32 at Dr Molemela Stadium on Sunday.

Matsatsantsa went through extreme tough experience of playing nine games in 27 days and the results weren’t too good.

Going into this Sunday’s encounter and facing the same opponents they beat 4-2 earlier this month, Tinkler said the fact that they managed to score four goals [in their previous meeting] gives them confidence.

“It’s not an easy place to go but we are going there with the squad that I believe it’s going show a lot of hunger.  We are making a few changes, we need to because of the heavy schedule that we had,” Tinkler told the media.

“We made a few changes. We rested few players, in fact those players are still resting, and they are coming back on Monday. So, this is an opportunity for some of the fringe players and the younger players to get an opportunity play under no pressure,” he said.

“We made it clear that the Nedbank Cup, as much as we want to keep the title, we still believe in the squad that we have, is going to be competitive enough to get us a positive result as long we show that hunger and the desire,” added Tinkler.

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After winning the Nedbank Cup, MTN8 and reaching the final of the Caf Confederation Cup in 2017, Tinkler knows the effect that Cup competitions can have in the squad, and among them all, he prefers the league.

“The league is more important. It is always a priority. We need to be finishing in the Top 8. Our aspirations in the beginning of the season were just higher than finishing in the Top 8. We were looking to go for the title, but I believe what happened in Africa really did hurt us as a team,” explained Tinkler.

“Right now we need to be questioning how far we are really going in that cup competition [Caf Confederation Cup] knowing the effects it had on the team. What happened in Africa really did hurt us,” Tinkler concluded.