Eleven points separate third-placed City from 13th-placed Ajax ahead of this weekend’s showdown, with Ertugral relishing the prospect of facing off against their Mother City rivals.
“I love the derbies, and hopefully Cape Town is going to do enough – I come from a country that if you say ‘derby’, you have to watch that game,” the Turkish coach said. “It might not always be about the football, but for the supporters, it's massive. And hopefully we can build this vibe in South Africa. The Cape Town derby is a really nice derby, also from a supporter’s perspective, and South Africa needs these types of derbies.”
Despite losing three consecutive derbies against the Citizens over the past season-and-a-half, the Urban Warriors head into the encounter fresh off a morale-lifting 3-1 win over Platinum Stars, with Ertugral quietly confident ahead of a match which carries even more personal significance as he comes up against many of his former Mpumalanga Black Aces players.
“I believe it will be a massive game – City are playing good football, and I have great memories with many of their players, with many youngsters who played a fantastic role in our Black Aces success,” he said. “I think there will be nice, open football played, which will be good for the fans to watch, and I hope the stadium will be full.
“I’m feeling pretty confident, I must say.”
Kick-off at Cape Town Stadium is set for 15h30.