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Ertugral: Playing Football Is Like Playing Chess

MP Black Aces coach Muhsin Ertugral felt his side was a little unfortunate to lose 1-0 to Kaizer Chiefs in an Absa Premiership match on Tuesday night.

The coach felt that his side controlled the game in the second half, but failed to take their chances in front of goal.

“Today playing football is like playing chess, but sometimes players also need to understand that when we play chess, that when you finish off it is about keeping the ball and not only about circulating, but how you circulate,” said Ertugral after the match.

“In the end we put Ashraf (Hendricks) upfront and we had a few chances.

“The boys did really well in my opinion.

“In the second half we had them completely outplayed and we controlled the game.”

Ertugral also expressed his frustration in the way in which his side conceded the opening goal after Camaldine Abraw headed home a left-wing cross from George Lebese.

“In the end we played an offside trap which I have never seen in my life (laughing), and we concede from there. It is maybe only in South Africa that you play an offside trap that way, so that is why we conceded,” added the Aces coach.

“We wanted to stretch Chiefs and we knew we could play two systems, sometimes three systems in the game, but what is important is what you get out of it.

“We created goal chances but Itu (Itumeleng Khune) kept them in the game.

“In my opinion the boys did everything today and we should have come away with three points.”

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