Sundowns celebrate. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Ertugral: ‘Sorry, but Sundowns is the big club now!’ – WATCH

Former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral says Sundowns’ success is unrivalled in South Africa.


Sundowns celebrate. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Sundowns have utterly dominated the domestic scene with six league titles over the past eight seasons, and have also won the Caf Champions League and the Caf Super Cup.


In a wide ranging interview with TimesLive, Ertugral lavished praise on Sundowns for the manner in which they have become such a dominant force.

“Sundowns is the big club now, sorry but it’s like that,” he said.

“When you go all over internationally, football people talk about Sundowns and you don’t hear anything Kaizer Chiefs. This is history and you need to accept it but at the same time try to get back to satisfying the millions of people who are behind you as quick as possible,” he added.

“I know I am putting my finger a little bit in the wounds of people and this will probably be a big talk again. But, football is played on the pitch and I don’t want to listen to the story of money.”

Ertugral said Sundowns’ success is due to the leadership Patrice Motsepe and a strong management group that received the backing of the club president.

“Sundowns’ management have managed to do something right because the first thing is about the management and not the coach and I think president Patrice Motsepe has done something right.

“They brought a great in coach in Pitso Mosimane after many years of not doing well and I remember we beat Sundowns with Black Aces and people were running to Pitso on the stands and putting pressure.

“We beat them 1-0 in Nelspruit with 10 players after we got a red card and the supporters went mad wanting Pitso to be fired, but the president stood by him because he knew what his coach was doing.

Ertugral believes Sundowns are as good as international teams

“When you watch Sundowns it is like you are watching a European team. They are well organised and play beautiful football. There is the organisation and discipline of the players. There is no standing on the ball and making nonsense.”