Cape Town City boss Eric Tinkler wants his manne to up their attacking game when they host Bloem Celtic tonight in a Telkom Knockout clash (7.30pm).
Tinkler was so disappointed with his team’s 2-1 home defeat to Baroka FC last Saturday, that he’s ringing the changes.
He says: “The performance against Baroka was simply not good enough and they know that.
“So we’ll be making changes. If you are not performing, step aside and give someone else and opportunity, and that’s what we will be doing in this game.”
Not only are his
hitmen misfiring, his defence went to sleep as they conceded two goals inside four second-half minutes on Saturday.
And the Afcon 1996 winner gave a couple of hints as to where he will chop and change.
Tinkler says: Going forward has been our issue – we’re not creating enough in the final third, so we’ll be making a few changes.
“Lehlohonolo Majoro is out with illness, but we’ll have Judas Moseamedi coming back in. I’m also going to give Robyn Johannes an opportunity.
“Thabo Nodada is also pushing for a place, while we have some players on three yellow cards.”
Johannes will be making his first start for a Cape club since leaving the city 12 years ago.
And the experienced defender will have his work cut out for him against the pace of the Celtic counterattack, spearheaded by Abdul Razak, Deon Hotto and Kabelo Mahlasela.
Tinkler adds: “We are taking it very seriously we want to go as far as we can in this competition.
“Looking at Celtic, I personally don’t feel they shouldn’t be where they are [12th in the league] and they come with a bit more confidence now after the win they got [against Platinum Stars] so it’s going to be an extremely tough game.
“You have to stop the source so when you lose the ball, you have to apply immediate pressure to stop them hitting you on the counter.
“Transitional play from attack to defence must be very quick. Track the runners down, slow them down, make them play backwards.”