The fans are harsh on Meyiwa, says Bucs interim coach Eric Tinkler
Orlando Pirates interim coach Eric Tinkler says it is not fair to put the blame on goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa after the recent poor result produced by the team.
The Orlando Pirates development product goalkeeper has been under criticism lately, and he suffered the worse censure when he was beaten by 25-yards piledriver by Hlompho Kekana whose goal was decisive as the home side were stunned by Mamelodi Sundowns at home.
Then the 26-year old goalkeeper could not continue with play as he picked up an injury when he landed after jumping high to try and stop the long range stinging effort by Kekana and he was booed by more than 10 000 fans on his way out to be replaced by Ghanaian shot-stopper Fatau Dauda.
“The fans are little harsh. You have to remember what the boy has done for this club during the CAF Champions League campaign,” said Eric Tinkler, who lost for the first time since taking over the reigns where he has already won two out of his three matches in charge.
“I think he is one of the best goalkeepers in the country. I think he going through a bit difficult time at the moment and we will try as much as we can, and I am sure we as the club will make decision on how we handle situation with Senzo.
The fourth loss home already this season has left the 2013 CAF Champions League finalist further behind the pacesetters, as they lie seventh on the log with 23 points, 18 points behind leaders Kaizer Chiefs who have played 17 games compared to 13 of Orlando Pirates.
The Buccaneers will next travel to Qwa-Qwa to lock horns with relegation battlers Free State Stars on Wednesday night and Eric Tinkler added that he will make the decision at the right time on whether to stick with Senzo Meyiwa or play Fatua Daude, who never got tested in his debut for more than 20 minutes in the match.
“We have time between now and Wednesday to make the best decision for us and whatever we decide will be the best for the club,” added the former Bidvest Wits assistant coach