Muhsin Ertugral says Orlando Pirates still coming together


Muhsin Ertugral says Orlando


SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA – JULY 30: Eric Mathoho celebrates his goal with teammates during the 2016 Carling Black Label Champion Cup match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on July 30, 2016 in Soweto, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

still coming together

Orlando Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral has explained that technical team and players are still getting acquainted, and promises they will be a much better side once the 2016/17 PSL season starts.

The Buccaneers were beaten 2-0 by a much more invigorated Kaizer Chiefs outfit in the Carling Black Label Champion Cup pre-season clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.


Though they played well in patches, Ertugral explains that putting together a new team takes time but feels today’s defeat provided a good opportunity to pin-point mistakes that they need to rectify before their Absa Premiership opener against Golden Arrows on 24 August.

“For me, it’s always difficult when we lose a game, especially when losing a derby,” said Ertugral. “It’s a fantastic event to have this opportunity under pressure to see what’s happening [in our team].

“But we have just finished week three [of pre-season] and we are now in week four, and the boys still need to get used to us, the technical squad firstly.

“Secondly, maybe we could have this game a week before the season starts. That would be a fantastic opportunity, then everyone would be ready perhaps.

“You could see Chiefs, for the first minutes, had much more speed and were powerful and organised. I must say to Steve [Komphela], he’s done a great job to get his team like that. In one-on-ones and two-on-twos, you could see we were always second best in that situation.”

The Turkish tactician also explained that the 4-4-2 formation forced upon him by the players the fans voted into the squad made it difficult for his side to counter the three-man midfield Chiefs had set up with Willard Katsande, George Maluleka and Hendrik Ekstein.

“We knew how Chiefs were going to operate in the build-up process with Katsande, but the 4-4-2 situation was a bit of a challenge for us, as much as I sounded a bit positive about it before,” he added.

“But we could never close that gap between their three midfielders in their build-up play, so they always had a three-versus-two. Their right side was also a bit too fast for us so every time they sneaked into the channel.

“In the first half they weren’t too dangerous and were taking shots from far, and I think we wanted to wait for half-time. We said we have to be careful with clearing from our defensive lines into the middle because they had more players, and that’s exactly what happened.”


Ertugal also praised his second-half substitutions and felt they should have done better from their opportunities created in the later stages, before Lewis Macha sealed the win with a stoppage time headed goal.

“I think after the changes we looked pretty good – I liked what I saw from the guys who came in. We had two clear chances – two tap-ins – which we failed to convert, where Itu saved brilliantly the first and the second one should have been in the roof but the defender saved it [off the line].

“We came back, but obviously we needed to change with three at back, and we opened completely so they made use of the counter-attack to get the second goal. It’s not nice [to lose], but in the end there’s a lot to learn from.”



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