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Muhsin on the Machine or Machine on Muhsin?

Spy two, peda pala, shibobos, bursting forward with pace that is combined with natural skill. That’s how one can describe South African football and Turkeys born Muhsin Ertugral seems to understand it more than anyone. He was born on the 15 of September 1959 in Istanbul, Turkey. Love, passion and desire of beautiful and entertaining football have always been in his blood. He started coaching professionally in 95/96 at Congo DR, and since he never looked back.

Muhsin is an entertainer; he cheered up football fans in South African football lovers for years now. He coached both Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town on two occasions, and currently is coaching another South African team-Lamontville Golden Arrows in Durban. Ertugral is one of those coaches who drive a football fan to the stadium to watch his team playing. He allows his players to entertain and gives them freedom to express themselves on the field of play, which allows players to give it all for the man. He doesn’t restrict them. And as a result he has won not less than ten titles in South Africa alone. One will remember when he strikes fear to the opposition with the household name that was bulldozing the opponents, the likes of Jabu Pule (Mahlangu), Stanton Fredericks, Brian Baloyi etc Kaizer Chiefs. So it came as no surprise when he turns Chiefs into the best team in Africa in 2002.

The Turkey’s is not afraid of throwing in a young star into the deep end and allow him to make mistakes, in that way the young star plays with freedom without pressure and he will get the best out him. In mind came the likes of Thabiso Malatsi, Junior Khanye etc. He made football easy and he believe and
work with what he have, he is not changing the players but let them showcase they’re skills. His success ratio as manager at present is an impressive 38, 84% wins and 26, 45% and 34, 71% draws and losses ratios respectively.

The 52 year old is the household in South African football. When one talks about Coca cola cup, Muhsin Ertugral name come into everyone mind. He turns the tournament into a spectacular thing in South African football. He made everyone every season wait for Coca cola cup time. Where he was showcasing his passion, Style and tsamayas to drive football lovers into the stadium. His last taste of victory in this country was when he won 2008 MTN 8 with Kaizer Chiefs. He is not only known as club coach, he also coached Congo Dr when it was still known as Zaire.

He took them all the way into 1996 Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals, that was ironically won by Bafana Bafana, his talent in the tournament was noticed by Naturena’s head Kaizer Motaung. That was his introduction in South African football, where he successfully coached both at Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town. Until October 8 2009 when he suddenly resign at Ajax and penned down a deal with Turkish Super League underdogs Sivasspor, to rescue them from relegation. But now the fan favourite is back in Mzansi, where he joined Abafana Be’thende. After two game with them, both from Pretoria teams, he managed a one all draw with Sundowns and a Telkom Knockout cup first round triumph against Gavin Hunt’s Supersport United. South Africa is the second home for Ertugral, and more can be expected from him, because he loves silverware and so do they love him.

Remember, It’s always looks impossible until it’s done...


Story By  Fanele “thenatureboy” Mbuyazi.
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