Ertugral distances himself from Orlando Pirates reports

The Turkish mentor tells Goal that he is unaware of any interest from Pirates, who are reportedly close to sacking current coach Roger de Sa

By Ernest Makhaya

Former Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral has told Goal that he is certainly leaving the country to take up family responsibilities despite reports linking him with a coaching job at Orlando Pirates.

Ertugral handed over his resignation letter last week and is expected to be in Turkey in the next few days although the former Kaizer Chiefs coach confessed that he would relish a return to PSL football next season.

“There’s definitely no truth that I have stepped down at Ajax to join another team,” Ertugral told Goal. “I indicated that I have family issues that have now become my responsibility. I haven’t been close to my family for a while, but my family needs me more. So, there hasn’t been any contact from Pirates or any other team for that matter," said the Turk.

The 54-year-old former Golden Arrows coach has ruled out the possibility of coaching until at least next season, but admitted that he would like to coach a South African club again.

“I will not be involved in any football matters for the next six months or so, but I would like to return to South Africa and coach next season provided there is a good offer. You know South Africa is my second home now,” added Ertugral. 

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