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Hlutswayo rocked by Ertugral departure

Ajax Cape Town defender Thulani Hlatswayo is saddened by Muhsin Ertugral's resignation.

Former Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Ajax Cape Town defender Thulani Hlatswayo says Mushin Etrugral's resignation is a personal loss for him.

Ertugral, who signed a three-year contract with the Urban Warriors at the start of last season, has resigned in order to take over the responsibilities of the family businesses in Turkey following the death of his uncle.

A visibly upset Hlatswayo, who has been in talks with Wits about a possible move, said Erturgral's departure is hard to come to terms with, and added that there was not much point in him staying at the club now that Ertugral had left.

"It's personal for me. I'm not going to lie, I'm hurt. It's not something I will try to hide. I told Wits that I want to end my season at Ajax because the reason I came here was for him. He gave me my first PSL game, and I would have loved for him to give me my last PSL game for Ajax Cape Town."

Hlatswayo says he chatted with Ertugral about leaving the club.

"When we played our last friendly game against Vasco, I had a chat with him. The negotiations and talks have been happening while he was away, so I wanted to speak to him to let him know what I want. I also wanted to hear from him what he wanted."

Ajax Cape Town interim coach Ian Taylor, who was in charge of the club during Ertugral's absence over the past few weeks, says he is feeling the nerves as he takes the reigns at the club, but added that this experience will help him in his career.

"I think there will always be nerves in the initial stages. It's a big challenge for me to step up. But the last three weeks have been good, and they've unexpectedly prepared me for what lies ahead."