Eric Tinkler friendship with Roger de Sa will be on hold when Cape Town City meet Ajax Cape Town


City's appearance in the top flight means that fans have a Cape derby to look forward to this coming season and by all indications it should be a fiery one.

The coaches of the respective sides are known to have fostered a friendship during the time that Tinkler worked under de Sa at both BidVest Wits and Orlando Pirates.

However, there will be no love lost between the two when their sides square off in the Absa Premiership according to Tinkler.

"Roger and I, we've been teammates and we've worked together at a club but when it comes to field we are committed to our jobs you know," Tinkler tells Kick

"On the field of play there's no friendship, afterwards that friendship will always remain and it will never die.

"It's another derby. I came from derbies in Joburg and coming here to another big derby is actually where you want to be.

"They are the enjoyable games and the games you want to be involved in."

Tinkler, who has just recently returned from an overseas vacation to Portugal, oversaw City's first official training session yesterday.

The former Bafana Bafana midfielder acknowledged that the team still has a long way to go although that was understandable considering the circumstances.

"I'm very very happy to be in Cape Town and at this club," Tinkler said. "You know its a new project. A big dream that John (Comitis) has and I'm proud to be a part of it and I hope I can make a success of it."

"The intensity is obviously going to pick up and fitness levels are obviously not where it should be at this stage of the season.

"So I think its a little early to judge people but let's have a look at them again for a couple of days and make our decision by next week."

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