Irvin Khoza wants Edwin Gyimah Muhsin Ertugral investigation resolved
Posted: 2 November 2016 Time: 14:12
Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza wants the investigation into the bust-up between Muhsin Ertugral and Edwin Gyimah to be concluded.
Without saying it outright, Khoza implied that the altercation between the departed coach and his centre-back at OR Tambo airport a few weeks ago may have been a factor that led to his decision to leave.
Khoza is worried there may be a deeper problem in the Bucs camp, and is hoping Ertugral will present his case at his exit interview so that “lessons can be learnt”.
“He should have allowed us a situation where we could deal with one or two issues,” Khoza said after admitting his disappointment at the public manner in which Ertugral resigned.
“One of the issues I’m worried about is an outstanding matter of Gyimah. There was an investigation that was instituted … the first part was completed by the player who gave his evidence, and the coach at the time was supposed to go to Turkey.
“We were hoping coming back before the FIFA week starting the next week we could have a chance to engage to get his side of the story. I thought that was important for me to discuss.
“But in sending the letter to him I did indicate that I would be much more happy at his exit interview to conclude that part, because the causative factor of the altercation, whether it was something symptomatic, something spur of the moment, something of team organisation, it’s important for us to know that.
“We also invited three captains to participate in this inquiry and that is why I’m disappointed but I’m hoping in his response to the letter we sent accepting his resignation that he will afford us the opportunity to conclude that part of the investigation, because we cannot leave it unattended.
“So maybe there is a lesson to be learnt out of that complication, whether the player requires psychological support or perhaps there’s an issue with communication challenges that are the problem, or maybe the manner in which the coach communicates, or other issues in the club that we are not aware of.
“So it is very important as a learning experience to know, if he gives us the chance.”