Ertugral finds rich potential in Aces
Muhsin Ertugral says it is the potential of the club that drew him to Mpumalanga Black Aces and has promised changes both in terms of personnel and backroom staff.
Ertugral was unveiled as the new coach earlier this weekend has been charged with lifting the fortunes of the side that finished 10th in the Absa Premiership last season.
“This team has the potential to develop and grow exponentially. I’m very impressed with the vision of the club’s chairmen as they understand that the success of any football club starts with the technical competency, hence their great investment in the youth structures,” Ertugral said.
“I`m a proponent of youth development and there are many players in South Africa that I have introduced into professional football and they continue to command respect from their peers in the league.
“During my stakeholder consultation process that included visits to training sessions of senior and junior
teams, I have already identified a number of young players with great potential.
“They will be put through an accelerated elite youth coaching programme and elevated to the senior team where they will be adequately prepared for the competitiveness of the PSL.“
Ertugral will have the team back in training earlier than most on June 8 and says the immediate goal is to get 40 points, which should be enough for a top eight place.
“We are starting our pre-season on June 8. Our short term goal is to target 40 points and the rest will fall into place. I have won trophies in the PSL before and that ambition is still there. We will make some changes in the team, we will get the fundamentals right and we will definitely compete,“ added Ertugral.
“We are going to build a team that will play exciting and entertaining football and we would love to see our supporters and fans in general coming to our matches because of the brand of football we play. We have a big task ahead, and I’m looking forward to a great PSL season.“
Ertugral also confirmed he would bring in an assistant from outside the club and stated it was someone he had worked with before.
“My assistant coach role is crucial and all I can say at this point of time is that I know him very well but we will announce this later,” the former Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town boss said.