Ajax Cape Town boss Muhsin Ertugral says South African football is worse than it’s ever been.
In his first two games back at the club, Ertugral has lost both.
And ahead of his third game, at Cape Town Stadium against Platinum Stars tonight (8pm), he says diski is down in the dump.
The Turk, who has been involved with SA football since 1999, says South African players just can’t cut it in Europe.
He says: “In that side in Europe, it’s a different world out there. When I came first in 1999 to this country, it was totally different football that was played. So, it’s getting more worse.”
The Fifa technical committee member reckons SA football needs a different mentality, with football and education going hand in hand to improve players.
He adds: “I feel like sometimes coming back here it’s like the highways, you can’t follow the cars. Precision is more important.
“Players are getting so much money in this country they don’t know what to do with it. And they want to play in Europe, who is going to take you there?”
Ertugral revealed that he had helped find reigning PSL Player of Year Lebogang Manyama a club overseas, but was stunned that the former Cape Town City captain is struggling.
He adds: “The best player Lebo Manyama which I have put in Turkey, to Konyaspor, a great team in Turkey which are not doing very well and he’s not considered to be on the bench.
“The coach tells me, ‘What is this?' Guys, out there is not easy, tell me one South African player that plays in the Premier League, La Liga, Italy or in the Bundesliga – we need to ask ourselves why not?"
Muhsin says players lack an understanding of the game.
He explains: “We can hardly talk to our [South African] players, they just listen. They don’t give feedback because they’ve been suppressed, and that’s what the problem is.
“It’s important to me that they need to talk, they need to be open because when the whistle blows, they need to play.”