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Ertugral rues Ngele miss

Posted: 4 February 2018 Time: 09:00

Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral admits it was a blow that he failed to lure Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele to the club, saying he would have loved to have him in his squad. 

Ngele, who had made just one appearance for Mamelodi Sundowns this season, was rumoured to be on Ertugral’s transfer wish-list, but instead made a late January move across town to SuperSport United.

“It was a loss, but it’s not in our hands sometimes,” he said. “Behind the scenes there’s a lot of things happening. We got Fagrie [Lakay], and SuperSport was crying – I read that they want him back, even though they just loaned him out. But we didn’t see him playing there. SuperSport needed a striker, although Ngele’s a number 10.

“But yes, I would have loved to have him here, but with what happened behind the scenes, we didn’t have a chance – we have a certain way, and we were going far out of our possibilities in trying to beef up the squad.

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“But with [Siyanda] Zwane now here, it gives me a lot of hope, because at the end of the day, a certain type of player will fit in better. In our number 10 position though, we need to be a bit better, but we still have ‘Tokkie’ [Toriq Losper] who can play in that role.”

Looking back at the January transfer window, Ertugral was happy the Urban Warriors were able to bring in the likes of Tendai Ndoro, Samuel Julies, Yannick Zakri, Zwane and Lakay, while they also snapped up Siboniso Gaxa as a free agent this week. Ertugral welcomes the selection headache as he searches for the right combinations to lift Ajax up the log.

“They should be giving me a headache – that’s good!” he said. “Let me not sleep. If you make constant changes though, certain things won’t work out, and then you kill yourself. We need to find solutions and find the balance, and how the team has to operate, with our pass patterns and organisation forms.”

Ajax, who sit 15th on the Absa Premiership table, next face Polokwane City in Limpopo on Sunday afternoon.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis

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