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PSL’S low standards are due to poor coaching – Ertugral

It's all fun and games when people in local football circles talk about coaching qualificat­ions in SA'S Premier Soccer League, but it's more serious than that,

- Tiyani wa ka Mabasa writes

Football personalit­ies joke about someone coaching with a “driver’s licence” or “TV licence”, as a few coaches have been given a chance to coach profession­al teams with no coaching qualificat­ions. More recently, Musa Nyatama has been in charge at Swallows FC, although he’s not qualified for the job.

While Marumo Gallants coach Dan Malesela has been quoted saying coaching qualificat­ions are “overrated” and “expensive”, former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral holds a different view.

“There is much more in it than having coaching badges, our game is constantly evolving,” Ertugral told Sunday World this week.

“The badges will give you the tools to become effective. Today the game has become more scientific in the training methods. It’s not only about the tactical approach,” he said.

Even for those who played the game at the highest level, Ertugral, who won the CAF Cup Winners’ Cup with Chiefs in 2001, has warned they shouldn’t rely only on their playing experience.

“I think and agree that people with a football background around the world are always a few steps ahead. My expectatio­n from them is that they free themselves from the ego of their football career and seriously direct their individual developmen­t with all the means at their disposal. A 30-year-old coach who started coaching at the age of 18 or an inexperien­ced coach who quit (playing) football at the age of 35? I leave the answer to you,” Ertugral said.

“My advice is that Musa (Nyatama) has the passion and the club should provide the possibilit­y for him to study and finalise his badges.”

In fact, Ertugral has argued that the PSL’S standard is of low quality with lots of players failing to apply the basics and that could be put down to poor coaching education from youth level.

“The PSL has lost on quality, that’s very visible. First, any club has to have youth education and academies. When you start a campaign in the PSL, to find out how many of the profession­als had a proper youth education, most won’t be more than four to five years. That means you are sending the players from primary school to the university.

“It’s important that Safa’s technical director (Walter Steenbok) sees this as his target to work with the PSL together to lift up the educationa­l plan.”

 ?? /Gallo Images ?? Muhsin Ertugral of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiershi­p match against Free State Stars in 2019.
/Gallo Images Muhsin Ertugral of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiershi­p match against Free State Stars in 2019.

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