Ertugral turns down Turkish WC offer
Ertugral turns down Turkish WC offer

Posted in News on Mar 05, 2002.

Kaizer Chiefs coach Muhsin Ertugral has turned down an offer to be part of the Turkish technical team during the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea later this year.

Ertugral was offered the job as technical advisor to the Turkish national team following his superb performance with Amakhosi who netted four trophies last year before experiencing their worst slump as they fell behind in the title race.

Turkey are in Group C along with former world champions Brazil, China and Costa Rica. They play their opening match against Brazil at Ulsan on July 3.

"I have turned down the offer," said Ertugral. "There is a lot of work to be done ahead of the World Cup and frankly it could have been difficult for me as I have other responsibilities."

The former Zaire national coach also had coaching spells in Germany and Turkey. Ertugral is also a licensed Technical Instructor for the German Football Federation.

"I told the Turkish Football Federation that I have a contract with Chiefs and I am very much committed here. Going to the World Cup just to boost my CV would not do the team any good and I have explained to the guys," he said.

The Glamour Boys are now on position nine with 37 points from 26 games and any hopes of winning the championship will be described as mere fantasy.

But Amakhosi still have some tough matches ahead as they launch their Mandela Cup defence against US Transfoot of Madagascar on Saturday. The match will be live on SuperSport 3 at 19:00.

A week later Chiefs travel to Egypt for a clash against African champions Al Ahly in the Caf Super Cup. Ertugral and his charges are well aware that this could be the only trophy which could appease the Amakhosi faithful should their fail to win the league.

Chiefs will not return to league action until March 27 when they visit Moroka Swallows where they will aim to avenge the first round defeat by the Dube Birds.

But before the Swallows clash, Chiefs will have to travel to politically unstable Madagascar for the return match against Trasfoot on March 23.

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