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Fuming Ertugral: It was a mess

Posted: 29 August 2018 Time: 12:00

Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral cut a frustrated figure following his side’s unimpressive goalless draw against Cape Umoya United in their league clash on Tuesday.

Played in front of 1000 supporters at Cape Town Stadium, those in attendance were subject to a toothless and less-than-entertaining affair in the first Cape National First Division derby of the season, with neither side able to inspire in front of goal.

“It was a mess,” Ertugral fumed after the game. “The work we do in training and the outcome in the match are two totally different things, like day and night. Our training sessions have been good, but in the match it doesn’t happen.

“Our training is good, but when it comes to the game, the players seem to freeze. It’s difficult for me to understand. It’s really frustrating.”

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Cape Umoya had Shane Saralina, Roscoe Pietersen and target man Nathan Paulse lining up against their former team, with Ertugral insisting only the latter posed any threat to his side.

“There was only one threat here – Nathan Paulse, and no other threat at all,” he said. “We played against ourselves – it was Ajax against Ajax. It disappoints me. We had two clear chances, one should have been scored … I’m obviously very disappointed, I must say that.”

With only a few days left in the transfer window, Ertugral admits a new midfielder may be needed to boost the squad.

“Our midfield didn’t function at all, which was the problem,” he said. “So we have to look into that position a little more.

When asked if any positives could be taken from the draw, Ertugral was candid in his reply.

“No, no. No positives,” he said.

Ajax will be involved in another derby this weekend as they prepare to host provincial rivals Stellenbosch FC on Saturday afternoon.

Kick-off at Cape Town Stadium is set for 15h00.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis

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