Could Muhsin Ertugral Be The Next Bafana Coach?

Could Muhsin Ertugral Be The Next Bafana Coach?
Mushin Ertugral

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Dec 29, 2016. 09:32

News doing the rounds is that former Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs coach Muhsin Ertugral is keen to take on the role as head coach of the South African national team.

The South African Football Association is currently looking for a new man to take charge of the national team after showing Shakes Mashaba the door.


Speaking to Ertugral says he would love to coach Bafana Bafana.

“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.

“I wouldn’t mind coaching a national team again.”

Ertugral has previously led a national team when he was in charge of the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1995 to 1996.

Ertugral also 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 with 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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