Posted in News on Oct 03, 2001.
Queiroz, and his entourage of Bafana Bafana technical staff, visited Amakhosi at their home based in Naturena to check on the progress of the team as well as talk to the side’s coach, Muhsin Ertugral, about individual players.
" am glad to see that the national team coach is trying to involved team coaches in his preparations for the African Cup of Nations as well as the World Cup," said Ertugral.
"his is exactly what I, in particular, have been trying to communicate with the South African football community. So it is a pleasure to see it happening, especially at this crucial stage of this country’s football.
"His visit to our camp was basically to check on the team's progress and to see what we are doing to prepare for the coming months but most importantly to motivate the players and let them know that there is room for everyone in the national team as long as they put that extra effort in their game," added the coach.
South Africa is one of the five African countries that will represent the African continent at next year's World Cup finals in Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30, but prior to that the team will be competing in Mali for the 2002 African Cup of Nations title.
Due to this hectic international schedule, Queiroz has indicated that he will be heavily involved with the team’s preparations during the month’s of November and December, hence it is crucial for him to know what the individual teams are doing in preparations.
"We spoke at length about what lies ahead for the national team especially next year when we will be involved in these two major tournaments.
"Therefore, I think it is very important, as team coaches, to lend our support as well as communicate with the national team coach regularly to keep him updated with the current state of South African football because I believe he is going to need all the help he can get to prepare a good side.
"He will be under tremendous pressure in the coming months, so it is important for him to know that he has our full support and that we are always there to help wherever we can, that will only make his life a little bit easier," concluded Ertugral.