Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral gears up for Baroka clash
Posted: 24 April 2018 Time: 09:21
Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral feels Baroka FC are a “different team now” as he prepares to face Bakgaga in a crucial Absa Premiership clash tonight.
The Urban Warriors have three games left to save their season, as they currently sit 15th on the league table - a point behind SuperSport United in 14th - with three points against Baroka a must if they wish to lift themselves off the relegation play-off spot.
Tuesday night’s opponents have not won a match in four attempts, yet Ertugral insist this means nothing heading into the high-pressure encounter.
“Generally we don’t look at form, but the details of the team, their make-up, their organisation forms, the tactical aspects of their team and how they compare to us,” the Turkish coach said. “I think we have a good squad at home, but we’re in a pressure situation, and it’s about how we react in that situation. Can we be calm and do the things we’ve worked on, or only 50% because the pressure kicks in?”
The Limpopo side were previously known for their unorganised approach under Kgoloko Thobejane, yet Ertugral feels their set-up has changed under new coach MacDonald Makhubedu, which makes them a tough nut to crack.
“I think they are a different team now – I’m not sure how many players they’ve changed, I think four or five – but since then they haven’t won many games, but are playing much better,” he said. “I think their team is not bad, and they have a couple of very good individual players – Gift Motupa, who I worked with before, is one of the most talented players in South Africa. We’ve looked at their details individually and as a team, and I’ve noticed they played in a much more organised way than before, so it won’t be an easy game.”
Kick-off at Athlone Stadium is set for 19h30.