Ertugral interested in Bafana coaching job

Ertugral interested in Bafana coaching job

Former Orlando Pirates mentor Muhsin Ertugral says he is interested in coaching the national squad.

The South African Football Association is current looking for Shakes Mashaba’s replacement after he was relieved of his duties as the national team coach.

The former Kaizer Chiefs coach was in charge of the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1995 to 1996. Ertugral resigned as Orlando Pirates coach months after he was appointed as Eric Tinkler’s successor following a humiliating 6-1 loss to SuperSport United in a league game.

“I love South African football. And if the right offer came along, of course I’ll be ready to get working,” said Ertugral.

“Of course it is an honour to coach the national team, any national team. And after my experience with Zaire, I wouldn’t mind returning to the international stage.

“But it is not easy to work with a national squad because you only have the players for a short while and you need to use that time effectively so you can produce results.

“And that is why it is such a difficult task. I had a great experience with Zaire and I wouldn’t mind coaching a national team again.”

Ertugral has vast experience coaching in other countries, having previously worked in Austria, Tunisia, DRC and the United Arab Emirates.

But he insists he prefers working in South Africa and even turned down a job to reunite with his former club, Bani Yas in the United Arab Emirates.

“I met with them (Bani Yas), but their situation is not good for me to go back now. So I am back in South Africa and enjoying the break,” added Ertugral.

“Unlike Europe, there is passion here (in South Africa). That human angle is always there while in Europe it is all about business, too structured.

“I love the emotions that are involved in South African football, everyone is emotional about the game.

“There is so much potential and young talent to discover here in South Africa and that really excites me.”

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