Aces coach aiming for success

2015-08-12 06:00

MUHSIN ERTUGRAL, the Mpumalanga Black Aces coach, is aiming for 40 points as his first target for the upcoming season.

Aces finished on 34 points in their 2014-’15 campaign, as they ended tenth in the Absa Premiership standings, and new coach Ertugral hopes to improve this tally in his first season with AmaZayoni.

“Definitely first 40 points,” he stated his aim for the season on

“But we don’t want to put the boys under too much pressure, because at the moment we only have about 30 players plus goalkeepers, so we have a very small squad and a lot of youngsters who have yet to feature in the Premier Soccer League (PSL). So I think it’s a rebuilding process.”

The Turkish manager spoke about the recent approach by the relegated side AmaZulu to buy out Aces’ PSL status, saying he had not been affected in his preparations with his team, and felt his club had made the correct decision.

“I was not affected at all.

“When I came back from the u.20 World Cup in New Zealand, the chairman told me there was an offer on the table. The board of governors, the PSL and higher institutions had to decide on that, and I know in 2007 there was a similar situation and we completely refused it.

“I think they have taken a fantastic and right decision, otherwise I think it would have been a problem for any club who is relegated that has money to buy their top-flight status back. It was not buying the brand, it was buying the status, so I was quite relaxed on that.” –

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