Former Orlando Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral wants Bafana job
Posted: 14 February 2017 Time: 12:15
KickOff.com can confirm that former Orlando Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral has applied for the vacant Bafana Bafana job.
SAFA are searching for a successor to Shakes Mashaba, who is still challenging the grounds of his dismissal late last year.
Ertugral quit Orlando Pirates in November following the club's then-record 6-1 defeat to SuperSport United, having taken over the Bucs reigns in the off-season after steering Mpumalanga Black Aces to a fourth-placed finish last term.
The ex-Kaizer Chiefs mentor, who coached Zaire (now DR Congo) from 1995 to 1996, has his eye on the Bafana hotseat, which has also been linked with the likes of Claude Le Roy, Carlos Quieroz, Stuart Baxer and Roy Hodgson.
"Muhsin has applied for the Bafana Bafana job and he wants the Bafana post," a source tells KickOff.com.
"He's one of the candidates and he feels his experience of coaching in South Africa and knowing SAFA and the PSL will meet the requirements for the job.
"He's also good for the media and he can handle the pressure that goes with it."
This website contacted Ertugral for comment, and he feels his record in the country speaks for itself.
"I don't want to put pressure [on SAFA's processes] but in South Africa there are more than 62 players that I've developed myself," Ertugral says.
"And these players, and most of them or some of them, are still in the national plans. Secondly, the track record of winning all the trophies in the PSL; been twice with Chiefs, three times with Ajax Cape Town, always come to the club.
"As much as people think I don't stay long, I have always been in South Africa.
"I love the country [more] than anything else and will always love, or let me say, looking more to the youngsters, which is always in my heart.
"Having said that, I saw the Turkish media saying I'm coming for the technical director job of Galatasaray and that I refused it, and I'm going to stay in South Africa and not going to take it."
SAFA recently roped in former Bafana captains Neil Tovey and Lucas Radebe to assist in picking the new national team coach.