Maritzburg United have confirmed that coach Eric Tinkler has signed a new contract.

The 48-year-old has penned a two-year deal, with the option of a third year.

Tinkler initially arrived at the Team of Choice on a six-month short term contract at the start of February, and was tasked with helping the club maintain its Absa Premiership status.

The former Bafana Bafana midfielder joined when the club was rooted at the foot of the table, and immediately identified the need to uplift the players.

He saved The Team of Choice's PSL status via the promotion play-offs by making history to win all four matches. 

“The club is delighted to announce that head coach Eric Tinkler has signed a two year deal, with the option of a further year,” said chairman Farook Kadodia.

“There seems to be a real synergy between the coach and Maritzburg United, and we are confident that he is the right man to take us forward and get us back where we want to be, challenging for a position in the top eight as a minimum.

“Based on the success he had on the field with us, as well as the chemistry he has enjoyed with the players, management, and the supporters, this was the obvious decision to make.

“We are happy that we can now put last season behind us, focus on pre-season preparations for the 2019/ 20 campaign, and look to move positively into the future with coach Eric at the helm.”

The former Orlando Pirates coach was in charge of 16 matches - He won nine, lost six and drew one.