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Motale: Tinkler Is A Versatile Coach

"Magents" is busy answering your questions! Today, he discusses his greatest game, Eric Tinkler, and the problem with Bafana Bafana.

Which was the greatest game you ever played? – Mabulac

Edward Motale: My first derby for Pirates; I scored twice. Do you remember the Iwisa Spectacular? I scored in the first derby and then I scored against Brian Baloyi in the final. That was the greatest game, that's also where I got my nickname "Magents", but on top of that, the greatest game I played internationally was against Cameroon when I scored. And against Argentina in 1995 at Ellis Park; I think, it was either a 2-2 or 1-1 draw. Myself and Doctor Khumalo roasted one of the Argentinian players. They forced us to apologise; we had to write a letter because they said we were making fools of them.

What do you think of Eric Tinkler's style of football? – ReggyMC

EM: His style consists of all. There's an element of attacking and defending, and the best part is that there is room for flair, that's what I like. He's open to everything. He plays players according to their strengths. If you are a hard tackler, he gives you room to do that, like with Gyimah. If you are a juggler like Thabo (Rakhale), he gives your room to do that. If you are a scoring machine like Ndoro, he gives you room to do so. He gives you the element of expressing yourself. He's a versatile coach, he doesn't have blinkers. He is adaptable.

What is the problem with Bafana these days, compared to when you played? – Xesha

EM: The biggest problem with Bafana is the selection criteria. There's no merit in our selection, that's all. We have it all, we have everything, but there's no truth in the selection. You cannot select somebody who used to be a top goalscorer and leave the top goalscorer now out. You know what made us successful? Clive Barker deserves this praise, he selected those who were on form, those who were consistent and those who were disciplined. It was a combination of all. He didn't choose you by your face.

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