Muhsin Ertugral is already on the wrong side of some Orlando Pirates supporters, but has urged the Bucs faithful to behave after insults were hurled at him by an unhappy fan in the tunnel at Orlando Stadium.
Ertugral has introduced a new 3-5-2 system at Bucs and has called for patience after another disappointing draw at home – this time to Platinum Stars on Tuesday.
It finished 1-1, as Dikwena’s Thobani Kunene scored at the death to cancel out Thabiso Kutumela’s 77th-minute strike. “I feel disappointed.
We coaches are door mats, where they throw the whole thing at you,” he said.
“The point is how long are you going to take it? “I think some people need to behave themselves a little bit more and see the whole thing about it.
“If I remember well, last season Pirates did not have a great season. I think we need to build and look at how we can make the team stronger. I also need to think about how much I can take it.”
Ertugral started with Abbubaker Mobara, Happy Jele and Justice Chabalala as his central defenders, as Thabo Matlaba and Thembela Sikhakhane played in more advanced roles on the flanks.
The hosts did not have a good first half, but improved in the second period.
“We have the players for it [for 3-5-2].
Thembela played for the first time in that role because he is a player who can go forward,” Ertugral said. “But he missed the timing and was quick into the defensive line of the opponents.”
Meanwhile, Stars captain Vuyo Mere has challenged his teammates to start believing they are a big team. Dikwena have only managed one victory in their four matches.
“We are looking to surpass our standard of last season. We have to set new goals,” Mere said. “We are going to be playing in Africa [Caf Confederation Cup].
We have to start realising we are not a small team, so we need to start playing like a big team so that we can compete with the big teams.”