Eric Tinkler targets top four finish with Cape Town City this season

Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler has targeted a top four finish in the DStv Premiership this season.

The Citizens are currently in fourth place on the league standings with five wins from their opening 10 games.

They last overcame Richards Bay 3-1 on Sunday to move to within four points of second placed Golden Arrows, who they lost 3-1 to in the first round of the Carling Knockout Cup last week.

Reflecting on his side’s season so far and their projected results, a upbeat Tinkler explained his thinking.

The City boss said in the Sowetan: “Now we’ve played our 10th game, which is a third of the season and we are currently sitting on 16 points… then we’ll say double it [their current points tally] up and that will take us to 32 and when we add another 16 [points], it take you at 48 and where’s that going to finish you? It’s going to finish you fourth or third, potentially.

“I look at it one way. Sometimes the journalists look at it and say, ‘ooh you lost two or three in a row’. No, you can’t just look at it like that, you have to look at it from a perspective of the point tally and tally it up all the way until the end of the season… I look at it that way.”

Tinkler added: “If you hit 40, you are guaranteed to be in the top eight. If you want to finish second, you are looking at about 54, 55 points.”