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Ertugral Slams Criticism Of Manyama & Khune

Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Muhsin Ertugral has slated the “overboard” criticism Lebogang Manyama and Itumeleng Khune have received.

The 61-year-old who now works with the Turkish Football Association is still following his former club.

After questioning the sacking of Gavin Hunt, Ertugral has now defended Khune and Manyama after the latter scored his first hat-trick for the Glamour Boys. 

“Ja, no, Lebo was a bit unhappy, what ever the reason was I don’t know, obviously a couple of times I’ve spoken to him but Lebo is a fantastic player,” he told iDiski Times

“But he has been he’s been criticized, left right and centre, I find that a bit overboard, he’s one of the last players we have in South African football that really are special, and I think the treatment and the way how he was treated, I think there was an outcry for him and he goes out and scores three goals. 

“Nothing happens by luck, these are always players you have to respect and you don’t have players like that a lot. 

“It goes for me with Itu as well, being criticized left right and center and being left alone in the bush, they don’t deserve that. 

“You don’t have so much really, really rare professionals, highly talented players. We need, we need to protect them and I felt a little bit for them and it was a bit of outcry from Lebo, whatever the reasons are, I can’t see it from outside.”

Chiefs could still finish inside the top eight in the DStv Premiership if they beat TS Galaxy in the final game of the 2020/21 campaign.