PSL News 11.1.2018 12:54 pm

Ertugral slams standard of SA football

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 10: Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 10: Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral says the state of South African football has dropped.

“In that side in Europe, it’s a different world out there. When I came first in 1999 to this country (SA), it was totally different football that was played. So, it’s getting worse,” Ertugral told TimesLIVE.

“I feel like sometimes coming back here it’s like the highways, you can’t follow the cars. Precision is more important.

“Players are getting so much money in this country they don’t know what to do with it. And they want to play in Europe, who is going to take you there?”

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“The best player Lebo Manyama which I have put in Turkey, to Konyaspor, a great team in Turkey which are not doing very well and he’s not considered to be on the bench,” added Ertugral.

“The coach tells me, ‘What is this’?

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“Guys, out there is not easy, tell me one South African player that plays in the Premier League, La Liga, Italy or in the Bundesliga – we need to ask ourselves why not?

“In the 90s I don’t know how many? These are questions that need to be asked,” concluded the Turkish coach.


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