Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper Brandon Petersen embracing criticism from Muhsin Ertugral
Posted: 18 February 2018 Time: 09:00
Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper Brandon Petersen says the side is embracing the criticism dished out by coach Muhsin Ertugral as he searches for constant improvement.
The Turk, now in his fourth spell at Ikamva, has guided the club to two wins, two draws and four losses since taking over at the turn of the year, with Ajax struggling in 15th spot on the Absa Premiership log.
Petersen, who has Ertugral to thank for handing him his PSL debut four seasons ago, admits the tactician comes down hard on the squad in training. But he believes it is for their own benefit, citing former teammate Keagan Dolly’s progress as a success story.
“Ertugral is a very honest guy, and if he doesn’t like something about you, he’ll tell you straight – he’ll criticise you. But he’ll criticise you to help you, because he knows what you can do,” Petersen tells KickOff.com.
“That’s something I saw first-hand with the likes of Keagan Dolly – he hammered Keagan every day, but afterwards you could see the difference. He used to tell Keagan, ‘I know I’m always on your case, but that’s because I know you can do more’. And look where he is today, playing in one of the biggest leagues.”
Petersen says the squad have welcomed Ertugral’s coaching methods, and insists there is plenty room for improvement from his side.
“He’s a coach that’s more focused on the smaller details of what we have to do technically, and the guys have welcomed this because it suits our brand of football, what Ajax is known for and how we like to play,” the shot-stopper says.
“And you can see it in recent games, where we’ve played our football. It’s not anything new for us, but Muhsin likes to focus on the details, and credit must go to him for bringing out the best in the guys. And I think we can expect much more from him and from the team.”
Ajax are in action next Sunday against Golden Arrows at Princess Magogo Stadium.