Muhsin Ertugral: I think it was best for Tendai Ndoro to start over at a new club

The Urban Warriors mentor has explained the club's decision to part ways with their star striker

Ajax Cape Town head coach Muhsin Ertugral has explained the club’s decision to part with striker Tendai Ndoro after just six months at the club.

The Urban Warriors recently revealed that both parties had agreed to part ways as Ajax would not renew the Zimbabwe international’s contract. The 33-year-old’s departure old comes in the wake of his highly controversial transfer to Cape Town which subsequently led to the club being relegated after Ndoro was deemed to be ineligible.

Now with the club set to begin preparations for the upcoming season in South Africa’s National First Division (NFD), their head coach has opened up about the reasons behind the former Orlando Pirates star’s departure.

Ertugral explained that one of the reasons for the club’s decision was due to Ndoro’s heart and focus no longer being with Mother City-based outfit following his lengthy eligibility saga.  

"I think it was best for him to start over at a new club and get his life back in order again," Ertugral told SowetanLive.

"I spoke with him a few weeks ago and he was a bit down as you can imagine. I also felt that there are some personal off-the-field issues that he needs to deal with,” he added.

When Ndoro made a shock return to join Ajax after a spell in Saudi Arabia with Al Faisaly, much was expected from him as they looked to avoid the dreaded drop.

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"It was unfortunate that the whole thing of ineligibility happened. You have to understand that it affected him a lot and he was not stable," Ertugral further explained.

Nonetheless, the Turkish-born tactician does not believe that this is the end of the road for Ndoro in terms of playing at the highest level.

"Tendai still has a couple of years left in him to play at a high level. It was just that the whole thing took its toll on him. During training in the last games you could see that his concentration was not all together there." Ertugral concluded.