Though the Turkish tactician has previously been involved in the Soweto Derby, during his two separate spells at Kaizer Chiefs, this particular match-up brings a whole new dimension to anything he may have grown accustomed to in the past.
While facing the media for the first time in his new colours, Ertugral voiced his approval of the Carling’s concept to engage football fans to select the teams and hopes it will at some point influence other countries to try it out.
“There’s not much to say, I think it’s unique in the world this project happening in South Africa,” said the former Mpumalanga Black Aces coach. “It happens nowhere else in the world, and hopefully they will make a name for it outside of South Africa.
“For us as coaches, being involved in the preparations, and the fans choosing the players is also for us unique, and we need to see… Obviously I know the line-up by now and so we’ll need to see the pattern – what kind of pattern we’re going to operate.”
Ertugral is pleased to start the new season with a match of this magnitude and believes the sold-out crowd will make for an even more exciting encounter.
“It’s always nice to start a season on a derby note, that’s always great, you can see how we feel. I think it’s full house [at FNB Stadium], so that shows how people feel and we’re looking forward to the game,” he added.
Asked what advice he will be handing to the Carling Black Label Consumer Coach, who will be on the bench on Saturday, Ertugral politely refused to reveal such information to the public.
“I will give him advice in the dressing room and not publicly,” he said jokingly. “I think it’s an exciting moment for someone who hasn’t been in a professional setup so it will be nice for him to see the players and witness the preparations.
“It’s a great idea, as I’ve said, to have this and obviously these are memories for those who see it up close as to what’s happening in the professional setup. Generally we talk about players and systems from outside, but from inside it’s much, much more different.”