Our greatest challenge - Ertugral - Kaizer Chiefs FC
Our greatest challenge - Ertugral

Posted in News on Oct 17, 2001.

First I my wish our president Mr Kaizer Motaung a happy birthday and thank all the supporters who rallied behind the team against Club Africain. How can I forget the players after that wonderful performance, keep it up boys, we are on the right track.

Having said that, I think our challenge to win the championship becomes more difficult after each game. We have a record to uphold as the only unbeaten team in the domestic league.

Our performance in cup competitions also dictates that we should always be at our best. The challenge I talking about is ensuring that we do not become overconfident and complacent along the way.

The good news in this case is that our boys are very focused right now and their attitude is great. They know what is expected from them and I think they are even hungrier to dominate the PSL.

Another positive thing about this whole experience is the visit we had from one of my German friends and former national goalkeeper Christaan Maicheebe.

Christaan visited the players at training and he was very amazed by the level of discipline and dedication in our camp. I was impressed to see that some of the European have taken note of what we at Kaizer Chiefs are doing and capable of.

Unfortunately we still have a number of players who will miss action due to injury. Marco is still recovering but we hope to have him back for our match against Club Africain in Tunisia.

Thabo Mooki picked up another muscle injury against African but he could be back against Rangers. Thabo’s goals against Africain proved what a quality player he is. I do not even know what to say, for a player who has been out for such a long time with injury to comeback have three training sessions and score against a side like African?

He is a class player and could soon make a return to the national team.

One of our greatest challenges at this stage is to stay focused for a return match in Tunisia. We are not yet in the final as we still have 90 minutes of football to play. Africain knocked out holders Zamalek and we have to be very careful especially now that we will be playing away from home.

I am very confident we will do well. The boys are all looking forward to the second leg and I can tell they badly want to win the Mandela Cup. The one mistake we will not commit is to try and defend in Tunisia. This could be very dangerous and our approach on the day would be to attack and try to get another goal.

Winning the Mandela Cup is within our reach.

Love and Peace!

Muhsin Ertugral

Kaizer Chiefs coach

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