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Khoza reveals Ertugral's mandate

Irvin Khoza (Supplied)
Irvin Khoza (Supplied)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates chairman Dr Irvin Khoza has revealed the mandate facing Muhsin Ertugral as coach of the club.

Ertugral was brought in to replace Eric Tinkler after guiding unfancied Mpumalanga Black Aces to a respectable fourth place in the ABSA Premiership.

The 56-year-old has enjoyed a largely successful career in South Africa with the likes of Kaizer Chiefs, Ajax Cape Town, Golden Arrows and Black Aces.

However, Khoza was quick to point out that coaching a side as big as Pirates was a unique challenge as the club had such a rich history of success.

He told reporters at the MTN8 launch on Wednesday: "We are celebrating 80 years next year and we are going to be reliving history and looking back at the contribution made by others over the years."

The 'Iron Duke' added that the Turk's mandate was to add his own legacy to the history of Pirates, "Does Ertugral have a mandate? Yes, to improve the history of this giant of a football club."

Khoza concluded: "Let me put it this way, we didn’t win silverware last season, but we reached the final of the CAF Confederation Cup, beating all the top teams. That is history. We want silverware of course, but you can achieve history in so many ways."

Ertugral's quest to bring success to Bucs begins with his first league match in charge against Golden Arrows on 24 August. The action gets underway from 19:30 at Orlando Stadium.

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