Bucs c-upset



May 30, 2016
Bucs c-upset

A CUP ABOVE THE REST: SuperSport United

SSport’s Nedbank Cup win puts Tinkler’s Pirates future in doubt

SuperSport United came from behind to win the Nedbank Cup final 3-2 and leave Orlando Pirates empty-handed this season.

Amigo Memela gave Bucs the lead in Polokwane on Saturday, only for Stuart Baxter’s manne to roar back through Jeremy Brockie, Bradley Grobler and Michael Boxall, before a Clayton Daniels’ own goal gave Bucs some respectability.

Pirates made it to two finals – Nedbank Cup and the Caf Confederations Cup – this season but lost both.

And the Ghost was unforgiving, booing Eric Tinkler’s runners-up at the medal presentation.

It leaves Bucs boss Tinkler uncertain about his future with the Sowetan giants now, having to decide whether to activate the optional year on his contract after his first year in charge.

Tinkler says: “I am a Pirates coach, I am happy to be the Pirates coach.

“If I am asked to remain, I will remain.

“My contract stated that it was a one-year contract with an option for a year. If the club takes that option then I am very happy to stay.”

The fact that former Kaizer Chiefs boss Baxter led his Matsatsantsa to victory would have rubbed more salt into Bucs’ wounds.

And Baxter hailed his team for the character they showed to come back and win the R7m cash prize.

The former Bafana Bafana boss says: “We played an excellent tactical first half, and we knew they were going to throw the kitchen sink at us with three at the back.

“We gave them a goal back from some sloppy play at the back and then we had to weather the storm.

“But I don’t know, the depths of the character that the lads have shown after going 1-0 down to Pirates and winning is the biggest quality today.”

The former Kaizer Chiefs coach also reserved praised for substitute goalkeeper Boalefa Pule, who came in with 13 minutes left on the clock and to keep his side in the game.

He adds: “I’m really, really pleased and proud that Pule went in under immense pressure, and he was absolutely faultless.

“I think, again, the squad has won this competition; not this team, the whole squad has won it – it’s been brilliant!”

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