Ertugral admits 4-4-2 formation was his downfall at Orlando Pirates

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Second half goals from Eric Mathoho and Lewis Macha earned the Glamour Boys a famous win, with the starting line-ups of both clubs done by the supporters of both clubs.

Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral says their 4-4-2 approach with big strikers Thamsanqa Gabuza and Tendai Ndoro was their downfall.

“I think the selection of the 4-4-2 for us with the two strikers was the problem because the build-up processes of Chiefs with (Willard) Katsande was giving us a problem,” Ertugral said in TV post-match interview.

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This was the first time he played the Soweto Derby in the colours of Bucs, Ertugral is disappointed the way they conceded the encounter’s opening goal.

“We tried to rectify that at half-time and in the second half the guys played much better. Their organization was good, but we made a blunder clearing the ball from defence into the middle, which we spoke about because Chiefs had overloaded the midfield and from there they scored,” Ertugral said.

Amakhosi coach Steve Komphela on the other hand, is happy that this result will please their supporters.

“I thought for a pre-season match against Orlando Pirates, we performed well. We also got a result because in any match you look at the performance and outcome,” Komphela said post-match.

He also mentioned a word of praise for Zambian Macha, who found the second in added time while hoping they will meet their desired objective they are working towards presently.

“I thought in the first half we could have gone into the dressing room with a goal, but you can’t ask for more.

“I am happy for Macha. He came on (and scored with a) nice glancing header. He is a strong boy, and I hope with whatever we are working towards we’ll come out the way we wish,” Komphela said.

The victory for the Amakhosi gives them their second title in three years. As much as they have had little success in the competition, they are the only team to have won it in open play with all of Bucs four victories coming from penalties. 

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