Ajax Cape Town appoint Igesund replacement

Mushin Ertugral has been appointed Ajax Cape Town head coach with immediate effect, Ajax CEO John Comitis announced on Tuesday.

The former Kaizer Chiefs coach is a replacement for Gordon Igesund, who was fired last week although he still had 12 months to go on his contract.

Igesund came to Ajax from Santos where he had just won his third league championship but found no luck with Ajax.

Ajax management, however, did sell off a number of excellent players and this left Igesund with several youngsters. They gave a good account of themselves but lacked the experience needed in the league to win trophies.

Ertugral, a Turkish national, worked with Santos for a couple of weeks after he left Chiefs, and then went overseas where he guided Matterberg in the Austrian first division for several seasons.

He has also coached the national side of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He has told Ajax management he is quite prepared to adopt the Ajax Amsterdam system of playing, which Igesund reluctantly but unsuccessfully embraced.—Sapa

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