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Tinkler rallies SSU after pitch drama

SuperSport United have put all the off-the-field drama behind them to focus on their Caf Confederation Cup semifinal match against Club Africain at the Stade Olympique de Rades in Tunis on Sunday night.

The match will be broadcast live on SS4 at 8pm.

Matsantsantsa left home on Thursday morning, made a stopover in Dubai and then proceeded to Tunis on Friday. The drama began at 7pm when the club went for their first training session. Upon arrival at the venue they found that the place was locked and lights were turned off.

They were then given another training pitch which was very wet and the goal areas had pools of water which forced goalkeeper coach Andre Arendse to alter his training plans.

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Head coach Eric Tinkler who had also planned a tactical session had to alter his plans, something that he admits was very frustrating, but he managed to psych himself and the players up to make best of what they had at hand.

“We were informed that we would be using the stadium and in fact we sent our team manager a day before to actually go and see the facility,” said Tinkler.

“He was taken to the facility and we were informed that the field was in good condition. Obviously I had planned my session in terms of what we would do for that day, only to find that once we got to the stadium there were no floodlights.

"We were told that we were at the wrong venue and when we questioned the reasoning behind that we were told that there was another venue with a same name, only to find that other venue has a terrible field. No markings and there was a social football training happening on the other side with people filming our session,” added Tinkler.


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