Ertugral outlines plan for next season


Having won four of their past six matches, Ertugral seems a bit more upbeat about life in Naturena, and is expected to ask Motaung to open his cheque book in order to bring in a central defender, a playmaker and a striker of the highest quality, to supplement the arrival of former Mamelodi Sundowns’ striker Jose Torrealba.

“Torrealba will be training with Chiefs from June and we will include him for the Vodacom Challenge fixtures against English Premiership side Manchester United and Orlando Pirates in July, but we need to find the answer to our attack problem in the midfield, which has persisted since Siyabonga Nkosi left for Germany at the end of last season,” said Ertugral.

With Austrian goalkeeper Markus Bocskor and Ugandan international midfielder David Obua set to head off at the end of the season, this opens up two foreign spots on the books of the club.

Bocskor, brought to SA by Ertugral at the start of the season following the departure of Rowen Fernandez to Germany, can consider himself as a man at the wrong place at the wrong time, as Itumeleng Khune improved with every match played this season to make the position his own.

Chiefs are also believed to be on the lookout for a central defender to lock the Amakhosi rearguard and it will come as no surprise if they renew interest in Ajax Cape Town’s highly-rated Dominic Isaacs, who missed much of the current campaign due to injury.

Regarding his own future at the club, Ertugral said: “I have been in close communication with the chairman on a regular basis and I believe that my strategic input and vision is being listened too,” said the Turkish-born mentor.

Like Pirates, five or so new parts to the once-feared Chiefs mean machine could cost around the R12 million mark, but that is what needs to be done if the Amakhosi are to achieve consistency in a demanding PSL campaign.

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