SAFA are supposedly expected set to announce the next Bafana Bafana coach after their fixture against Angola this evening, but why was Muhsin Ertugral never considered for the job? We take a look at why he was the best man for the job!
The Turkish tactician is back in his homeland after announcing he would be returning to Europe to take his career further, and, sadly, it meant that he was unlikely to replace Shakes Mashaba.
Here are reasons why Ertugral would have been the best option:
He Knows The South African Game
The 56-year-old has been in Mzansi long enough to be considered a South African himself, and there are few coaches with more experience than him in the PSL. As such, his time and experience coaching the Absa Premiership’s biggest clubs should have been a persuading point alone.
Players Respect Him
Ertugral has won several pieces of silverware in South Africa, and he has gained the respect of many players throughout his career. Respect isn’t always guaranteed, but Ertugral definitely has found a way to build solid relationships with his players. That is priceless!
He Wouldn’t Have Been Expensive
Unlike Mashaba, it’s unlikely that Ertugral would have demanded anything close to a pay-cheque of R800 000. SAFA don’t exactly have massive amounts of money to offer a coach, and Ertugral surely would have fallen into their budget plan.
He Has The Right Outlook
Bafana is a nation that needs to plan and work towards the future. This has always been Ertugral’s outlook, and he is known for placing his trust in youth. Whilst Owen da Gama may have selected a balanced team of youth and experience, the tactician will know how to build a squad for the future.
Do you think Ertugral should have at least been considered for the Bafana job?