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i'll CARRY the can - ertugral

By unknown | Feb 25, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Khotha

Meshack Khotha

Kaizer Chiefs coach Muhsin Ertugral was pelted with banana peels from the stands as he made his way to the dressing room shortly after Amakhosi were gunned down 1-0 by SuperSport United at Loftus on Saturday night.

The helpless Amakhosi mentor said he understood the fans' frustrations and venting of their anger on him.

In an unusual admission by the coach, Ertugral said he would take full responsibility for his team's poor performance.

"I will take the blame for the poor show. But when the team wins, it is the players who get full credit and there is also an award for the man of the match.

"When the opposite occurs, the coach comes under fire. We had good build-ups from the back, played awfully in the middle of the park with the striking force doing fine as well.

"But our problem is that we were unable to convert those chances and that cost us the game. Even changing the positions of some players has not helped,'' said a worried Ertugral.

Despite the pressure, the no-nonsense coach is determined to turn the fortunes of the Glamour Boys around.

" There is still a lot of work to be done to stabilise the team because they are in a difficult situation,'' he added.

Thomas "Chincha'' Madigage, United's assistant coach, was disappointed despite their crucial victory over Chiefs.

"It is a great feeling to win after we drew 1-1 against Jomo Cosmos in a midweek game.

"But tonight (Saturday) we would have banged in more than two goals had we used our chances effectively, especially in the second period,'' said an excited Madidage.

Chiefs had themselves to blame for throwing away valuable points because they were the most creative outfit and had numerous inviting chances.

If there was an award for the player who missed most scoring chances, Kaizer Motaung Jnr would have walked away with it.

United's goal came towards half-time, when Elias Pelembe blasted his shot into the left far corner, leaving Chiefs goalie Itumeleng Khune helpless to keep Matsatsantsa a Pitori's in with a chance for league honours.


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