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Tinkler baffled after Tlolane turned out for Pirates instead of returning to Maritzburg

Tinkler baffled after Tlolane turned out for Pirates instead of returning to Maritzburg

Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler has admitted he is mystified at why left-back Tebogo Tlolane turned out for Orlando Pirates on the weekend instead of returning on a loan extension to the KwaZulu-Natal club.

Tinkler had said last week that Tlolane‚ who spent the second half of the 2019-20 season on loan from Pirates at Maritzburg‚ was on his way back to United.

On Saturday night‚ however‚ Tlolane came on as a 66th-minute substitute for Pirates’ new signing Deon Hotto in Bucs’ season-opening 1-0 MTN8 quarterfinal win against Cape Town City at Orlando Stadium.

Tinkler was asked‚ with regular left-backs Mxolisi Kunene and Daniel Morgan – who left the field in Maritzburg’s 2-1 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday – out injured now‚ if he could explain why Tlolane had not returned to United.

“It’s difficult – I can’t really explain. I was originally told that he would be joining us and he didn’t. That’s all I can say‚” Tinkler said

The absence of Tlolane meant 21-year-old Malebogo Modise‚ who arrived at United on Saturday on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns – had to be thrown straight into the fray against Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Sunday when New Zealander Morgan limped off in the 51st.

“Modise‚ shame‚ I felt for the boy – he had to come on for Dan Morgan. He only arrived on Saturday so he hadn’t actually had a training session‚” Tinkler said.

“So his introduction for the team was to come on and play the last 35 minutes. And I thought he did quite well.

“I think he’s a talented player‚ and he’ll go far‚ and he’ll only get better here with us.

“In terms of [Jose] Ali Meza‚ the only reason why Ali wasn’t in the match-day squad was we’re still waiting on his work permit.”

Venezuelan forward Meza has joined Maritzburg on a two-year deal having been released by Sundowns. Modise has been loaned to the Team of Choice along with right-back Nicholus Lukhubeni.

Tlolane played 11 games for United in 2019-20 joining on loan from Pirates from January.