Ertugral’s ‘darkest moment’


The straight-talking mentor said this after suffering a humiliating 4-1 defeat by a rampant Golden Arrows in the Telkom Knockout clash at Durban’s Chatsworth Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The defeat by Arrows, which effectively means Chiefs cannot defend the Telkom Cup they won last season, came after Chiefs were beaten 2-0 by Moroka Swallows in a league match a fortnight ago.

Asked if he thought the team would be able to challenge for the League championship judging by the poor manner in which his side has been playing of late, Ertugral said: “You know, what is happening at Chiefs now is heavy. For me, this is the darkest moment of football in my life.”

On whether he believed the current Chiefs team would be able to turn the corner, he pleaded to reserve his comments, saying “You can understand my frustrations”, clearly highlighting the lack of depth in his squad despite tabling to the management his wish list of players he wanted for this campaign.

Reflecting on the game, the Turk said they gave away the game easily to the hosts who, according to Ertugral, played great football.

Arrows’ coach Manqoba Mngqithi offered a diplomatic comment on his team’s victory.

“The game could have gone either way. I think if Chiefs managed to reduce the deficit when we were leading 2-0, the game could have changed. We were fortunate to use the chances we created well.”