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Muhsin Ertugral knew the deal at Ajax Cape Town

Posted: 26 February 2018 Time: 18:00

Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral says he knew what he was getting into when replacing Stanley Menzo at the relegation-threatened club in December.

Ajax's fight for survival continues as a 1-0 loss at fellow strugglers Golden Arrows on Sunday lefts them three points shy of escaping the drop zone with eight games left.

The Turk, however, is confident the coastal outfit can go on a run and preserve their top-flight status.

"The trouble was always there," said Ertugral, who has registered two wins, two draws and five losses in all competitions since returning to Ikamva for a fourth stint.

"I think the last couple of weeks, when you look at this game, we lost a few games, won two, drawn two, so the team was on the up and it’s still on the up.

"I think it was really unfortunate for us to lose [against Arrows]. I think we still have a good chance and we need three victories which will get us a little bit closer to the other teams.

"When you look at the points still, everything is possible."

The Urban Warriors were undone yesterday by Limbikani Mzava's 27th-minute strike from the spot after Lerato Lamola went down in the box following a 50-50 challenge by Mosa Lebusa.

Asked about referee Masixole Bambiso's decision to award the penalty, Ertugral said: “The decision like that... I don’t know. From the angle, I doubt it was a penalty.

“I’ll have to see it again but I don’t believe it was a penalty. In the end, I cannot stand behind it.

“I think in the first half we were a bit holding, not enough attacking. Of course, we came out in the second half because we were losing 1-0 and we needed a lot of activeness and we needed to score.

“I don’t think our keeper [Brandon Petersen] made any saves and that means they don’t deserve three points.”

Ertugral's men next host 12th-placed SuperSport United on Wednesday.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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