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Ertugral's big task

By unknown | Jul 02, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

In the 1999-2000 PSL season, Kaizer Motaung brought a little-known Turkish-born coach, Muhsin Ertugral, to take over as head coach of Kaizer Chiefs.

Within weeks, Ertugral had earned himself a reputation for being a disciplinarian with a passion for his team's success.

He took an inexperienced, young team and moulded it into a unit that became known for its hard-running, direct brand of football. In the Bobsave Superbowl they met a mature, experienced Mamelodi Sundowns - arguably the best Sundowns team ever - and stunned them in a pulsating game.

The following season, Chiefs surprised many by challenging Orlando Pirates all season for league honours. In the end, Pirates snatched the league by a point. The season after that they won three titles. Their feats earned them the "African Club of the Year" honour. The only title to elude Chiefs was the PSL premiership, with the team fading in the second half of the season.

By the end of that season, the Chiefs fans had already started baying for Ertugral's blood. It was all downhill from then onwards.

Motaung, a fervent fan of the coach's tactical methods, reluctantly accepted Ertugral's resignation. The mediocre 2002-2003 season ended with the out-of-their-depth duo of Doctor Khumalo and Donald Khuse in charge.

Fast forward and Ertugral is back at Naturena five years later. The question is, what has changed? Well, Chiefs have just completed one of their worst seasons, only winning the insignificant SAA Super 8 title.

Ertugral, on the other hand, has just emerged from his best season since that 2001-2002 season - a season in which he led a youthful Ajax Cape Town to the Absa Cup title against a rampant Sundowns . All he seems to have proved is that he has great tactical acumen. The reality is that, unless the likes of Chiefs and Pirates win every game and every trophy, each season, our supporters will always be bitterly unhappy.

I give Ertugral two seasons to be tops in charge of Chiefs.

Ndumiso Ngcobo



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