Chiefs and Pi­rates’ cross-pol­li­na­tion

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This week’s sur­prise move by for­mer Kaizer Chiefs coach Muhsin Er­tuğral to ri­vals Or­lando Pi­rates makes him the sixth coach to have coached both Soweto gi­ants. While most coaches started at Chiefs, Ser­bian men­tor Kosta Papić re­mains the only one to have moved from the op­po­site direc­tion – but was un­suc­cess­ful at both sides.

While Er­tuğral’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties can­not be ques­tioned, it begs the ques­tion: do the Bucs tar­get their neigh­bour’s for­mer coaches?

Er­tuğral might not have won the league dur­ing his stint at Amakhosi, but he was nev­er­the­less suc­cess­ful dur­ing his two stints with the Glam­our Boys. The Turk­ish-born men­tor was first in­tro­duced to South African foot­ball in 2001 and almost had a clean sweep, win­ning the Coca-Cola Cup, Vo­da­com Chal­lenge, BP Top Eight and CAF Africa Cup Win­ners Cup (Man­dela Cup), but failed to win the league.

Two sea­sons ago, Pi­rates chair­man Irvin Khoza again sur­prised all when he hired an­other for­mer Chiefs men­tor Vladimir Ver­me­zović. The Serb went on to win the Ned­bank Cup with the Buc­ca­neers but never lasted, as he was re­lieved of his du­ties in 2014.

The cross­over started way back in the 1980s. In 1984, Chiefs hired Scot Joe Frick­le­ton, who won four tro­phies. In 1995 Frick­le­ton was part of the tech­ni­cal team when Pi­rates won the CAF Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle.

The late Ro­ma­nian-born coach Ted Du­mitru also sat in the dugout of both clubs.

Du­mitru won eight tro­phies with the Na­turena-based team from 1985 to 1988.

He also won the league cham­pi­onships backto-back when he re­turned for his sec­ond stint at Amakhosi in 2003.

But be­fore that, he also coached Pi­rates in 1999, but did not en­joy much suc­cess.

For­mer Bafana Bafana coach Au­gusto Pala­cios also coached Amakhosi be­fore join­ing the Buc­ca­neers.

– Sol­ven Sibiya

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