Ertugral: Who Is Going To Take These Players To Europe?
Ajax Cape Town Head Coach, Muhsin Ertugral Has Given His Opinion On Players Wanting To Ply Their Trade In Europe
Ajax Cape Town head coach, Muhsin Ertugral says that playing in Europe is a completely different world compared to South Africa.
The Turkish-born head coach was asked to comment on the immediate future of former Ajax team captain, Travis Graham, where Ertugral then went on to reveal that he has left the door open for the player’s return to the squad.
Graham recently informed the Ajax management that he would like to move on from the Urban Warriors, stating that he has ambitions of plying his trade in Europe.
Speaking to the media after Ajax’s 2-1 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Absa Premiership, Ertugral revealed that playing abroad is a whole different world to the standard in Mzansi, that even last season’s player of the season, Lebogang Manyama is facing a tough challenge to find his feet.
“That side in Europe, it is a different world out there. The precision is more important and those elements. Players are getting so much money in this country and don’t know what to do with it. They want to play in Europe, who is going to take you? We had the best player, Lebo Manyama, which I put to Turkey to Konyaspor, a great team in Turkey, which are not doing very well, and he is not even considered to be on the bench. The coach tells me – what is this?” Ertugral said.
“Out there it is not easy. Tell me one player in South Africa that plays in the Premier League, La Liga, Italy or the Bundesliga. We need to ask ourselves why not. In the 90s there was I don’t know how many. So, these are the questions that need to be asked,” he added.