Eric Tinkler is one of the former football players who played the game of football for the love of it. He is currently coaching the new side Cape Town FC and already won the Telkom Knockout trophy in his first season with the team in the PSL. On the league log, the team is currently sitting at number 2 and doing well with the hope and determination of winning the league as well.
Eric played for only one team locally before moving to Europe to pursue his football career. The team he played for locally is Wits University Football Club where he started his football career and played for 2 years. He then went to play for Vitoria de Setubl, Cagliari, Barnley, Uniao de Tomar in Europe for 13 years. He then returned to Wits in 2005 and he retired from playing football in 2007.
Eric played for Bafana Bafana and was also part of the team that won the AFCON in 1996. He also played in the 1998 World Cup in France. In total he played 45 games for Bafana Bafana. He played more than 290 club football games. He played as a central midfielder and was sometimes used in defense in Europe.
Tinkler coached Orlando Pirates and managed to reach the CAF Champions League final as an assistant coach to Roger De Sa and he also reached the CAF Confederations Cup final as a coach of the team. His CV is decorated by these achievements and was once linked with a coaching job in one of Egyptian top sides. He is now at Cape Town City FC and doing well.
Another important fact to remember about Tinkler is that when he was still coaching Orlando Pirates he never lost to Kaizer Chiefs who are Pirates’ rivals in local football. The game between the two sides is regarded as one of the most watched game of football in the African continent.
While still playing football, Eric was known for his strong challenges, runs and shooting at goals from distances. He scored a few crackers while he was outside the 18-area line. His position was difficult to replace at Bafana Bafana and up until today the national team has never found any player suitable for that position since Eric retired from playing football.
Eric’s dream as a coach is to win the Absa Premiership title and other trophies. So far he has one trophy under his name which is the Telkom Knockout. His team Cape Town City FC is new in the PSL and one of the best teams so far in the league as they are in the top 4 on the log.
Eric is also working on becoming the Bafana Bafana coach one day and is also working on acquiring the coaching license. So far he is using his own experience in football to help him do well as a coach. He is also planning on becoming the first South African to coach in top flight leagues in Europe after Benni McCarthy became the first South African to be an assistant coach in Europe.