Muhsin: Time to finish off in style

Golden Arrows coach Muhsin Ertugral says they can now play with more freedom

Posted: 10 April 2012 Time: 02:07 pm

Golden Arrows coach Muhsin Ertugral believes his team can now play with more freedom having moved closer to the top half of the table.  

Ertugral guided Arrows to his ninth victory in all competitions at the weekend - with the 2-0 win over Free State Stars – since taking over last October and Abafana Bes’thende are now pushing for a top half finish far away from the being caught in the mess of the drop zone that they have been in for the greater part of this season.   "The pressure (of having to fight relegation) is gone now. It has helped that we have experienced players with the mental strength to get us out of this situation,” says Ertugral whose team now has 28 points just three shy of moving into the top half.   "We can now play with more risk and enjoy ourselves more. In these remaining games we will play with a bit more freedom,” he promises.    While a Top 8 finish appears the next target Ertugral is not stressing much about that.   "I know it is achievable (top 8) but I don’t want the players to live with that pressure of having to finish in the top 8 when they have just come out of the pressure of the threat of relegation. What I am particularly pleased about is that we have achieved an organisational structure for the team. We now have a well defined way of playing when we have the ball and when we don’t have it with our defence pressing much higher instead of backtracking a lot when we lose possession.      "I came in at an awkward time but was helped by my knowledge of the local game. When I came in I found the challenge of trying to get the team not to concede as much as it was conceding as at that time we had the worst defensive record but that has been sorted out and I am proud to say we have kept clean sheets in the last three league games,” he explains.    Giving the Turkish-German more joy is that in the midst of the keeper problems he has thrown teenage goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede into the fray and the 18 year-old has responded with aplomb.     "It gives me joy to always bring in young boys who grab their chance the way our 18 year-old ‘keeper has done. The boy has been phenomenal. Tell me how many PSL clubs can throw an 18 year-old into the pan,” says Ertugral. 

Article by: Lovemore Moyo

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 03:20 pm
if abafana bes'thende can approach coming league games with the same way they did when playing free state stars top 8 spot is a bonus
Anonymous
posted: 05:07 pm
Just wish u win ur last game of the season...
Anonymous
posted: 10:04 am
In yo dream Derrick. @Mushin, what style hahaha! do u remember da last game of last czin? Does the name Chansa ring bells to you?
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