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Ertugral – It’s Huge For Khune & Manyama

Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Muhsin Ertugral, who was in charge the last time the club tasted continental success, says playing in the CAF Champions League final is huge, in particular for players like Itumeleng Khune and Lebogang Manyama.

Ertugral was speaking to the Kaizer Chiefs website, ahead of Saturday’s continental showpiece, where Chiefs will face defending champions Al Ahly in the final in Morocco.

The Turkish coach, who is currently technical advisor to the Turkish FA, was in charge in 2001 when Chiefs won the then CAF Africa Cup Winners Cup (now the CAF Confederation Cup) and he says he hopes the players, some who knows intimately, enjoys the moment, and don’t put themselves under too much pressure.

“It is something else to play a Champions League final,” Ertugral told the Chiefs’ website.

“These players might play many cup finals, but this one is a once in a lifetime achievement. I know players like Lebogang Manyama and Itumeleng Khune, players who I have worked with, are still around the team and this is a lifetime achievement for them and the other players.

“It is not going to be easy, as Al Ahly are going to be very competitive.

“With all my heart and for the boys I must say that they must not put themselves under too much pressure.

“This type of game comes along once in a lifetime and I hope they can really enjoy the game, especially as they are playing against a team who have been there many times before.”