Edward Motale feels Muhsin Ertugral has no excuses at Orlando Pirates, urges the club to buy more strikers


The Turkish-born coach led Mpumalanga Black Aces to an impressive fourth-placed finish last season, despite the lack of proven stars in his squad in comparison to his PSL rivals.

Yet now at the helm of the Soweto giants, former Bucs skipper Motale feels Ertugral has no excuse not to succeed.

“If you remember at one stage, Aces were number one on the log and they finished fourth,” Motale said. “At Aces they were no big names – there were just names.

“At Pirates he’s got a brand and he’s got resources and no excuses. Even last season Pirates should have won the League with Eric Tinkler and playing in Africa really had a huge impact on their form. For next season they won’t be any traveling, so I think they will win the League.”

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Motale did however raise concerns about Pirates’ strikeforce, believing this is an area where they need to bolster their squad ahead of the coming campaign.

“We were very lenient and thin up front last season,” he said.

“We only had [Tendai] Ndoro up front, and with [Thamsanqa] Gabuza and [Lehlohonolo] Majoro the goals were not coming.

“Majoro hasn’t got game time, Ndoro peaked very late and [Kermit] Erasmus left so we were very thin. But I think if we can focus more and get another striker or two, I wouldn’t mind because that is where we are lacking most.”

Pirates have thus far added Baroka FC's Thabiso Kutumela and Ghanaian forward Bernard Morrison to their forward line for the 2016/17 campaign.

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