Tinkler wants City to be positive at Wits

City now face the formidable Wits away from home in their MTN 8 semi-final first leg clash.

Cape Town City FC coach Eric Tinkler. Picture: Carl Lewis/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town City FC coach Eric Tinkler says they are travelling to Wits Stadium on Saturday night with the intent of being positive and coming away with a favourable result.

Tinkler's newly formed club have made a dream start to the season, they saw off Polokwane City in their inaugural league fixture and in the same week pulled of an unlikely 1-0 win against Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN 8 quarter-final.

City now face the formidable Wits away from home in their MTN 8 semi-final first leg clash. Tinkler is under no illusions as to how strong of a unit his old club Wits are, believing this year they are better than ever.

"We coming up against a tough team in Wits. This season I think they have their strongest team that they have had in the past four years."

Wits themselves have started the season on a superb note having beaten title rivals Chiefs in their league opener and then capped off a memorable week by knocking out Orlando Pirates from the MTN 8 competition.

Tinkler feels Wits have been current league champions Mamelodi Sundowns greatest challengers in the recent past.

"Over the past four years, they are a team that is up there looking to win the league and they are the ones who have really been pushing Sundowns in my opinion."

City will be looking to continue their perfect start to the season, although they are away from home in the first leg, Tinkler still wants the all-important away goal but is aware of the responsibility required in defence.

"We have to go there and be extremely disciplined defensively, but at the same time we not going there to come away with a 0-0 result, we need to go there and get an away goal which is very important."

He added that their fluidity in attack will be vital, City have already shown they have the ability to cut open defences on the counter attack as Matthew Sim's goal in the previous round indicated. With Lehlohonolo Majoro looking hungry at his new club and Lebogang Manyama displaying his creative ability in his two cameos this season, City have more than enough to worry Wits defensively.

"How we apply ourselves going forward is going to be key for us to come away there with a positive result," said Tinkler.