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Muhsin – I’m taking a risk
Posted: 2009-10-09 09:41

Former Ajax Cape Town head coach Muhsin Ertugral admits “money” played a role in his decision to resign yesterday.

The Turk resigned officially and left the Urban Warriors yesterday to join Turkish side, Sivasspor.

“The first part is obviously the money and secondly I’m 50 years old. I thought about it, that will I ever get this kind of opportunity again, so I decided it was best to take on the new challenge,” Ertugral tells

“I leave with a broken heart, because I love Ajax, I love the city and I had a good relationship with the management of the club. I can tell you it was a very hard decision for me. I was very happy in Cape Town. But I’m going to a club that finished in the top five in the last two seasons and a club that has 7 million supporters,” he says.

Ertugral, who also coached Kaizer Chiefs locally, concedes he could be biting off more than he can chew.

“Sivasspor are second from bottom at the moment, so I need to get them out of that position, but football in Turkey is very funny because they can fire you after four games! So I know I’m taking a risk,” he admits. “But it is a challenge I need at this stage of my career.”

Ertugral also confirms’s report last night that he had earmarked his former assistant at Chiefs, Fani Madida, to be his right hand man at Sivasspor.

“I discussed it with the club, but it won’t happen now, maybe later he will come join me. Fani played in Turkey and he is loved there, but we decided that it is better to first get the team out of its current position, before we consider such a move,” he says.

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Comment by Songezo Dingwayo on October 9, 2009 at 11:02
Just wondering how the Ajax Management took these news. Because they were so depending on their former Coach.


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