Register Login Scores


Tinkler On New Signings As Maritzburg Prepare For Battle

It was a day of debuts for Maritzburg United over the weekend as they got their 2019/20 campaign underway, and Eric Tinkler saw plenty of positives despite the result.
Check out the new Maritzburg stars in the gallery above
The Team of Choice went down 1-0 to Golden Arrows is their season started away from home on Sunday, but there were debuts for Gabriel Nyoni, Daylon Claasen and Phumlani Ntshangase, while Judas Moseamedi made his first appearance since completing a permanent move to Pietermaritzburg.
It was a winning goal from Michael Gumede seconds after the start of the second half that sealed the game, and while Maritzburg had some good spells of play, it was Abafana Bes’thende that clinched the three points.
Speaking to Maritzburg’s official website after the game, Tinkler said, “Obviously there’s disappointment with the loss, but I was quite happy with the performance from what I saw… First half they didn’t really create anything, I don’t think Richard (Ofori) really needed to make a save. They were looking to play with three up, to try and isolate our central defenders, I thought we dealt with that very well.
“We managed to catch them once or twice on the transition, Gabriel put in some nice balls, but good defending from them. Coming it at half time I was quite happy, but conceding the goal after 30 seconds I think that takes the wind out of you, or potentially could - although I thought the players responded very well.
“I think we definitely deserved more, but football can be cruel, that’s the harsh reality.”
Meanwhile, speaking specifically about his new signings, Tinkler said, “I need to take the positives and I thought there were a lot of positives… I thought Gabriel had a fantastic debut, I thought Daylon Claasen was exceptional, he just grew stronger and better, more comfortable on the ball and I think he can still offer us a whole lot more.
“Phumlani also did well. There are areas he can improve on, but things which are fixable. Up front Judas Moseamedi worked his socks off. Overall I felt everybody worked extremely hard and they didn’t drop their heads after conceding. I see a lot of positives, we can build on this, we can better.”
Next up for Maritzburg is a clash with Highlands Park this weekend in their first home game of the season.

Chiefs’ Fresh Face: 'I’m Happy For The New Challenge'

Inside Chiefs: Amakhosi Work As Defender’s Future Finalised

Chiefs To Make Shock Move For Bafana Forward?


Top 5

7 Players Returning To Real Madrid

2 Jun 23, 2021 11:32 AM in LaLiga

Downs Lining Up Monster Bid For SSU Duo?

133 Jun 22, 2021 10:00 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The 10 Highest-Paid Players Over Past Year, African Superstar Features

Jun 02, 2021 09:31 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Another Career Setback For Rantie?

33 Jun 22, 2021 03:17 PM in PSL

UEFA Respond To Ronaldo's Coke Bottle Incident

12 Jun 19, 2021 01:05 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Four Chiefs, Five Ahly Stars Dominate CAF Team

68 Jun 21, 2021 04:57 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

7 Players Returning To Real Madrid

2 Jun 23, 2021 11:32 AM in LaLiga

Zwane Reacts To Chiefs' Crucial Win In Morocco

314 Jun 20, 2021 08:47 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Barca Want Ronaldo?

8 Jun 21, 2021 02:24 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Agent: He Wasn’t Given The Opportunity

23 Jun 22, 2021 04:15 PM in Orlando Pirates

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

19 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Leaked: SA Olympics Squad?

43 Jun 22, 2021 11:47 AM in SA National Teams

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Another Downs Player Heading Out?

23 Jun 22, 2021 11:23 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns