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Tinkler: De Reuck has potential but must improve

Maritzburg United head coach Eric Tinkler believes centre-back Rushine de Reuck has a lot of ability but wants him to keep his head down and improve.

The United defender has helped the club keep seven clean sheets in their 13 Absa Premiership games so far this campaign, drawing praise from many a pundit.

Tinkler acknowledges that the 23-year-old has shown good signs this season but doesn't want to get carried away with praise because the player still has many areas in which to improve.

"He's got a lot of qualities; I have said this to the press before. But I think we got to be careful that we don't overemphasise this because there's still a lot for him to improve on," said Tinkler, according to Sowetan Live.

"A lot that he can still improve on, like decision-making. On the ball he also needs to grow a little bit more confidence."

Maritzburg will take on Mamelodi Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout final on Saturday, after beating Polokwane City 1-0 last weekend.