Former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral comments on the allure of the Soweto Derby

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The veteran coach understands and fully appreciates the special allure of Soweto Derby

Former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral is expecting a thrilling encounter between two Soweto giants.

The Buccaneers are set to host their arch-rivals Amakhosi in a titanic Premier Soccer League (PSL) match at the FNB Stadium on Saturday. 

“This Derby is big because of its history,” Ertugral told IOL ahead of the eagerly-anticipated encounter.

Pirates are heading into this encounter placed second on the league standings, while Chiefs are third as the race for this season's PSL title continues.

“When you have two teams who have won so many trophies between them, then you can expect that the fixture will be huge. Also, and even more importantly, it’s the fans who make this Derby special," he continued.

Ertugral is a well-travelled coach having worked in Tunisia, Egypt as well as his native Turkey.  

"You can go to Argentina or Turkey, or anywhere in the world where there is a big derby, and you will find that it is the supporters who make the game what it is. And, when the interest is as high as with the Soweto Derby, then the players know they have to rise to the occasion to make the football worthy of the hype," he added.

The 59-year-old trainer believes that this weekend's clash will be a cracker because the teams are now playing an attacking brand of football. 

"In recent years, there have been quite a few draws and very few goals, and that is the big problem. I think that is because there is so much pride at stake that no one wants to lose the Derby. But looking at Saturday’s game, it’s clear that both teams love to play and they’ll get the crowd behind them," he explained.

"I think South Africa is fortunate to have such a derby as part of its football culture. While, recently, there may have been many draws and few goals, both teams are now very offensive, and I expect that on Saturday we will see many more entries into the penalty box," he concluded. 

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Ertugral is currently in charge of Ajax Cape Town, who are campaigning in National First Division (NFD).

 

 

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