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Ertugral: Kaizer Chiefs rebuilding process is ‘far from reality’

Former Kaizer Chiefs boss Muhsin Ertugral has thrown some serious shade at the club via his LinkedIn account.


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Former Kaizer Chiefs boss Muhsin Ertugral has criticized the club’s tactics and processes on hid LinkedIn account.

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Muhsin Ertugral believes his former employers at Kaizer Chiefs have lost the plot and the rebuilding proces at Naturena is nothing more than ‘a fable.’

The 63-year-old Turkish tactician says the hiring and firing policy hasn’t helped the club in achieving its goals. Ertugral had two stints as Chiefs boss, namely from 1999 to 2003 and then again from 2007 to 2009.

He wrote some of his thoughts on LinkedIn after Chiefs lost 1-0 to Sundowns in a DStv Premiership match at the weekend. 

Ertugral questioned the use of Samkelo Zwane and Yusuf Maart in midfield as he feels they are too similar and don’t complement one another in the engine room.

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Ertugral believes there is no stability at Chiefs

“Chiefs tactical approach with two central midfielders in front of the defensive line is not functioning in defensive transitions,” writes Ertugral.

“Both Zwane and Maart shadow each other instead looking for the pressure points and protecting the blind side for pocket runs or shoulder runs from the opponents.”

Ertugral also feels that the central defensive pairing of Edmilson Dove and Zitha Kwinika lacks pace and might take some time to gel.

“The biggest problem for me are the two central defenders separated far too often,” says Ertugral.

“Dove is a converted winger and doesn’t have the expected reflexes from a central defender point of view. 

“(He) Often gets caught in unnecessarily dragging out of the collective to pressure, leaving gaps behind.”

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Wholesale changes not helping either

Ertugral also isn’t a fan of the constant change at Chiefs, specifically with regard to playing personnel and coaches.

“I can see the current situation is far from reality with a “building process” that has been mentioned now for more than five years. 

“Coaches are coming and going, and the players are coming in and out for years now. There is no stability and consistency.

“They have completely lost momentum. Chiefs have to maximise the specialist workforce to ensure quality development and provide appropriate levels of high performance.” 

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