Ertugral promises Pirates a different ball game
Ertugral promises Pirates a different ball game

Posted in News on Nov 14, 2001.

They might have lost their last two league games but according to the outspoken Kaizer Chiefs mentor Muhsin Ertugral, that does hinder their plans of capturing the league title that has eluded them for almost ten years.

In fact, Ertugral, who has already guided the Naturena-based outfit to victories in the BP Top Eight, the prestigious Coca-Cola Cup as well as the Mandela Cup, promises a different ball game when his charges meet their arch-rival, Orlando Pirates, in this much anticipated league battle to be staged at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Much has been said about Chiefs impressive form lately that saw them embarrassing Jomo Cosmos in the final of the Coke Cup and defeating Inter Luanda in the final of the Caf Cup Winners Cup, also known as Mandela Cup, a week later but when the mighty Amakhosi lost to SuperSport United and Hellenic in succession, suddenly their "Operation Vat Alles" came under the spotlight and doubtful minds questioned the club’s ability to go all the way and win the league title.

They may not be invincible after all, but Ertugral is convinced that his club resume their title chasing race with a bang come Saturday afternoon.

"I don't really like to dwell to much into the fact that my boys might have been a little exhausted against SuperSport United and Hellenic because that is really not an excuse for a professional club, but all that is behind us not as we are fully prepared for this battle against Orlando Pirates," said Ertugral.

"We owe it to our fans to finish the game with good result on Saturday, and most of all to silence the critics. I have read a lot of reports about the game and it seems there is a lot of doubt out there about my boys winning Saturday's game.

"All I can say is that we at Chiefs play as a unit and it is this team effort that saw us winning the Coca-Cola Cup as well as the Mandela Cup. So there no way we are going to cry foul because we are missing two our of main players, Jabu Pule and Nhlanhla Kubheka, because we have other capable players at are disposal who can still win us Saturday’s game."

Pule, who is considered as Chiefs' playmaker, will be absent because of his sending off in the match against SuperSport while Kubheka is also have to watch this one from the stands as he will also be out on suspension.

"Pirates has always been a good side even though they have been through a bad spell lately and I expected tough competition from them especially since they are regain their form. This will be a game of youngster because their coach, Jean-Yves Kerjean, also seems to believe in using the youngsters, so this should be a very entertain fixture."

Leading those youngster from Amakhosi will non-other that Arthur Zwane, who has become a revelation to Chiefs camp in the midfielder of field and crosses are known for tormenting many a club, while captain Brain Baloyi is expected to resume his position in goals.

As if that is not enough, David Kannemeyer, who recently signed for the Glamour Boys from Ajax Cape Town, could make his debut in this mother of all derbies of South African football.

It’s a must win situation for both teams as victory for Amakhosi, who so far have played ten league games, will lift them to position seven on the league table just above Ajax who have 21 points from 13 league outings.

Meanwhile, maximum points for the Buccaneers will move them closer to league leaders Moroka Swallows into second position, which is definitely something the defending league champions will be hoping to achieve as the race gets hotter.

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