Erol Akbay

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Erol Akbay told : “Zimbabwe has good players playing in Africa and Europe. That’s why I think the country is now ripe to qualify for the World Cup,” External link

zimeye Sunday, January 5, 2020 6:14:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “It’s not good to be dropping points after a good run. But I am glad everyone is back and we have a strong squad, but Chicken Inn are very good and have very good players and they are not easy to beat. I hope we can win this one because we desperately need the points. It’s a must-win for us,” External link

newsday Wednesday, August 28, 2019 6:12:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “Of course, every team that is on the top is difficult to beat but till now we have not lost a game to any of the top teams and we hope to keep it that way,” External link

herald Monday, July 29, 2019 2:16:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Caps United ) : “But today the CAPS United guys scored a very simple goal. That’s why we have to be very careful when they are on the attack. But our defensive side was also very good, I cannot complain. They had two or three opportunities and that means our defending was very good,” External link

herald Monday, July 29, 2019 2:16:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “Even a simple chances, you see a striker missing the target. Its so disappointing,” External link

thestandard-zw Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:06:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It's always good playing against your former club; you know most of the players and the people, including the supporters there. That makes it a very exciting game for me to play against Highlanders. But my salary is paid by Ngezi and it means I have to do everything to win that match. Highlanders play good football, but they are not scoring. We play the same type of football and it will be an exciting game for the fans. This is a game for the players. Playing a big team like Highlanders, motivates the players," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, July 6, 2019 12:25:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “It’s always good playing against your former club; you know most of the players and the people, including the supporters there. That makes it a very exciting game for me to play against Highlanders. But my salary is paid by Ngezi and it means I have to do everything to win that match. Highlanders play good football, but they are not scoring. We play the same type of football and it will be an exciting game for the fans. This is a game for the players. Playing a big team like Highlanders, motivates the players,” External link

newsday Saturday, July 6, 2019 7:21:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “We are preparing very well for this encounter. We are playing a big club and we understand Highlanders will be looking forward to maintaining their fine run after beating Dynamos, but we promise the best at our backyard. It will be a beautiful and exciting game of football which we look forward to winning,” External link

newsday Thursday, July 4, 2019 7:29:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “I always say when we play football, nobody can beat us. That is our weapon; we have to play football. We have to play one-touch football. Last weekend, we did very well. We played football and we scored three goals. We could have scored five, but it’s ok. We have to do it again this weekend. If we play one-touch football, Platinum will have a very difficult day,” External link

newsday Saturday, June 8, 2019 7:28:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “I had to change right winger Donald to a striker and he offers good movement. He can play well in the position. We have had no strikers, they have been injured and Donald is doing very good. I hope that he gives us three goals this weekend,” External link

newsday Saturday, June 8, 2019 7:28:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “The game against Bulawayo Chiefs is very important for us to fight to be among the teams that are competing at the top. I am not a coach who easily gives up. We have a good squad and I believe we can surprise everybody. We will definitely bounce back. We have been playing good football of late although we were creating chances, but not scoring at the beginning of the season,” External link

newsday Friday, May 31, 2019 7:32:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “But Bulawayo Chiefs are not easy to beat. They have played well in the last two weeks, which means something has changed at the club and they have changed their game plan so we have to be very careful,” External link

newsday Friday, May 31, 2019 7:32:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Of course, our fans, the coaches and the club want to win, but I want to win with good football. We have been training hard this week, we have trained two times a day at a very high tempo," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, May 26, 2019 4:32:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay added : "I hope we can show people this weekend that the boys are coming up and demonstrate how Ngezi Platinum wants to play football. We have changed our style of playing football this week and the boys are surprisingly very happy with the new style," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, May 26, 2019 4:32:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "When he was doing well that's when he was injured. Sometimes it's hard life in football," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, May 25, 2019 10:52:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “When he was doing well that’s when he was injured. Sometimes it’s hard life in football,” External link

zimeye Saturday, May 25, 2019 5:28:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “When he was doing well that’s when he was injured. Sometimes it’s hard life in football,” External link

herald Saturday, May 25, 2019 5:11:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “I am not worried about away form, the long grass made it difficult for us to play our passing game, the pitch not very good, tempo was low and everything was low,” External link

zbc Monday, April 29, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “You could see during play that this is not the way Ngezi Platinum play football, we play to create a lot of chances. In the second half, we pressed more to try and go for goal, but it was not to be,” External link

newsday Monday, April 29, 2019 7:35:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “Coaches come, coaches go, the same with players, but for me it is exciting to win my first game at home because expectations from everyone were very high and I hope we will deliver what they want at the end of the season,” “It is still early into the season and we have only played two games, there are 30 to go, so we will remain focused on our target” External link

thestandard-zw Sunday, April 7, 2019 9:07:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay observed : "Today, I think we played well considering where we are in terms of our preparations. But we allowed the opponents to dominate the ball a lot, which is not my style of play, especially in the first half. But we had a different set of players later and things changed," "What I liked is that we were playing a team that has got the best players in South Africa and are on top of the log, but we still tried to impose ourselves and play football. There was not much of a difference in quality between the two teams; it's just that Wits are in better condition physically" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, February 27, 2019 6:44:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "With these matches and at training, I have a lot of things that I am still trying to see. Can these players do well in this philosophy? Do we have the right players for this kind of style? To be honest, sometimes they surprise, but on other times, they disappoint me," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, February 27, 2019 6:44:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay observed : “Today, I think we played well considering where we are in terms of our preparations. But we allowed the opponents to dominate the ball a lot, which is not my style of play, especially in the first half. But we had a different set of players later and things changed,” “What I liked is that we were playing a team that has got the best players in South Africa and are on top of the log, but we still tried to impose ourselves and play football. There was not much of a difference in quality between the two teams; it’s just that Wits are in better condition physically” External link

newsday Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “With these matches and at training, I have a lot of things that I am still trying to see. Can these players do well in this philosophy? Do we have the right players for this kind of style? To be honest, sometimes they surprise, but on other times, they disappoint me,” External link

newsday Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “That is what I want to see, close together compact-play football and making sure that high tempo is there. We only trained for a little more than one week and I think we still have a lot to do,” External link

newsday Thursday, February 7, 2019 6:31:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “No! I am not yet (in Zimbabwe) because my paperwork is not yet finished. I think maybe next week,” External link

newsday Saturday, January 5, 2019 5:52:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Erol Akbay ) : “We will unveil our technical setup as we get ready for the new season. He is (Akbay) is expected to start in the New Year,” External link

herald Tuesday, December 11, 2018 2:49:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Caps United ) : "But I am surprised every time that a big club like Caps United need the assistance of the ball boys to win a match. I am sorry for them, really," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, October 27, 2017 9:55:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Caps United ) : “But I am surprised every time that a big club like CAPS United need the assistance of the ball boys to win a match. I am sorry for them, really,” External link

herald Friday, October 27, 2017 3:40:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "You cannot rule them out completely. They remain a strong squad you must respect and we know they will give us a tough game," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:58:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "The players get to recover from injuries and we will see who is fully fit to make a comeback. Otherwise we look forward to this game," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:58:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Every position now has two players, which is good for the team. This means more pressure for everybody, as all the players will give their best so that they are given an opportunity to play. This season we have more depth. Obviously as a coach I have my first choice, but if they don't do well, they will know that someone is waiting for that opportunity to come and play," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, March 6, 2017 1:03:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Every position now has two players which is good for the team. This means more pressure for everybody as all the players will give their best so that they are given an opportunity to play. This season we have more depth. Obviously as a coach I have my first choice, but if they don't do well they will know that someone is waiting for that opportunity to come and play," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:09:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I've seen Mutuma in a game situation (when Bosso drew 1-1 with Bulawayo City) and of course I want to see him partnering the other strikers. The new players will play because we want to see how our style is coming up," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:09:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "The executive has made my job easy by getting me players that I want. We're almost done with the 2017 squad and what we need now is just a striker to complete our team. There are a few strikers that I'm still looking at. I need someone who will understand our high tempo game and also give us another dimension when attacking," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:09:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "The striker from Equatorial Guinea is a very good player, strong but not fast. Sometimes you need a striker who is not necessarily fast, but can use his strength to score or create. We haven't made up our minds about the striker or any that are still training with us as we need more time to look at them before coming up with a decision," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:09:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Winning the championship is not about individuals, but about having the best team. Last year we were not the best team, but we are working on improving that. If we get strikers that can score goals week in, week out, then we can talk about the championship" External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:09:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Roderick Mutuma ) : "All players have to behave in an acceptable manner otherwise they go. Mutuma is a good striker and as a technical department and considering our style of play, I can see him scoring between 20 and 25 goals this season," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, February 26, 2017 6:48:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I hope an agreement is reached soon because if he goes away, it will be a huge blow to the club and our plans as the technical team. We must go for him at all costs," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:21:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "The two guys would have been perfect for us; one has speed and aggression, while the other's precision in front of goal is superb. Unfortunately, Zekumbawire has since signed for ZPC Kariba, but I hope we will be able to sign Mutuma," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, February 15, 2017 9:56:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Last week when I arrived I said I want to see the player (Khumalo) first and I like what I saw during our trip. He is a fantastic player, someone I want in our team because he sticks to basics. I think he will add value to our team," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, February 13, 2017 10:59:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I saw Mutuma a few hours before our departure for South Africa. I want a striker and I've been reading about the two strikers (Mutuma and Zvekumbawire). I will meet the club officials and hear about the two strikers this week" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, February 13, 2017 10:59:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Absa Premiership ) : "The guys played as we expected and I think they played well, especially the new guys, but we have to up our game in our next games against Premiership sides. We need to avoid playing the same game for 90 minutes, otherwise I am happy with what I saw. We could have an early shape," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, February 9, 2017 11:26:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I'm happy that we still have the same squad. I think by managing to retain the same squad, we're still as good as last year. What we need is a good striker to complement our efforts," "However, the problem is that it's difficult to bring in a quality striker because the club doesn't have the finances to entice a good striker. This means we will have to do with the strikers we have in our team," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, February 6, 2017 12:08:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I can't comment on people who're not attending our training sessions. I can only comment after seeing how the training sessions have been going and who is attending the training sessions" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, February 6, 2017 12:08:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Normally I wouldn't let a striker go. I heard that there's a player (Khumalo) who has been training with the side and I need to see the said player this week at our training before deciding whether trading the striker (Dube) is worth it," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, February 6, 2017 12:08:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I'm actually on my way home from the airport and I have not met the other coaches. All I know is that we are leaving for South Africa on Sunday and will start training on the following day. I still need a bit of time to be briefed by my colleagues on how the team has been doing," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, February 4, 2017 3:26:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “To be honest I did not expect the boys to play the way they did. They impressed me above my expectations,” “There are even some players I did not think would play the way they did. We were simply building a team for next season but, we almost won the league title. That gives me confidence that we can achieve more next season. Look Rahman (Kutsanzira) was good and I feel he should have been one of the players on that Soccer Star of the Year lost. A player like Prince Dube just came in and did a good job while no one knew him. We even lost Bruce and Knox (Mutizwa) to foreign clubs but we still did well” External link

newzimbabwe Tuesday, December 13, 2016 4:01:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I'm happy with the 2-2 scoreline after 90 minutes and I think that reflected that both teams wanted to win. Just like us, they created a number of scoring opportunities, played good football which I like" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, December 12, 2016 11:32:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Peter Muduhwa ) : "When I came in, Muduhwa was a midfielder and we thrust him into defence and he emerged to be one of the best defenders in the country," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, December 11, 2016 2:26:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Any match against Dynamos always calls for the best performance even though we are celebrating, we know that in the field of play we have to come up with the best team that would ensure we come out tops," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, December 11, 2016 12:29:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Peter Muduhwa ) : "When I came in, Muduhwa was a midfielder and we thrust him into defence and he emerged to be one of the best defenders in the country," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, December 11, 2016 12:29:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Someone asked me if I know that the club's sponsorship is coming to an end and I said yes. He went on to ask if I'll return if my salary is not paid and I asked him if he will go to work without being paid and he said no. It's too far from home to come here for nothing," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, December 9, 2016 7:56:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It's too far from home to come here for nothing," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, December 9, 2016 7:56:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It's too far from home to come here for nothing," External link

onlinenigeria Friday, December 9, 2016 7:02:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “It’s a sad thing to lose with one or two votes like what Rahman did. But I am very proud of him, he was almost always in the first 11. Of course everything can’t go your way but I am happy for Peter,” External link

herald Wednesday, November 30, 2016 2:32:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "FC Platinum is a very big club and for them to do that was really stupid of them. I never expected it and still have no idea how they could do that. Those are the little things that piss off supporters," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, November 25, 2016 9:31:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “Our season is over now and we wait to see what happens next season. We will see what kind of players we will have next season and we can add some good ones so that we can win the league title,” “At the moment I cannot say who we will be having next season but, will add some good players to win this. We had the chance to be champions this season but, that did not happen. FC Platinum scored three goals and ended our hopes but we will come back much better next year” External link

newzimbabwe Thursday, November 24, 2016 9:29:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Caps United ) : “If we win and CAPS United lose we can go all the way and win the league,” External link

herald Saturday, November 19, 2016 4:53:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "One cannot help but appreciate what he has done for his team," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 16, 2016 11:33:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "But we still have to concentrate till the end. If you cannot be champions then it has to be number two. Already we are assured of finishing in the top three, but we would want the best possible place," External link

allafrica Tuesday, November 1, 2016 10:52:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “We did not play well to beat Ngezi. We conceded from a set piece and that that made a big difference,” “We learnt a lot from this match and we will translate them in the league games. The Ngezi match was a very important one and in the league we also face important games. We now know how to handle such crucial games. That is why I said right now there is no room for mistakes because every point is important” External link

newzimbabwe Thursday, October 27, 2016 2:51:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Caps United ) : “As I have been saying lately, there is no room for mistakes now. We have to do it on our own for us to win the league title,” “We have been following how Caps or FC Platinum have been playing but we now just have to focus on ourselves. Even if those other teams win their games we have to make sure we win ours. On the second-past game we will play FC Platinum and that is one game that is tricky for us but we just have to go out there and do businesses for ourselves. We do not want to pray and hope for the other teams to drop points but we should build our own road to the championship” External link

newzimbabwe Thursday, October 20, 2016 3:40:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It is very possible for the team to win a League and Cup double. That is obviously the pinnacle of success in as far as domestic football is concerned," External link

allafrica Wednesday, October 19, 2016 1:49:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “It is very possible for the team to win a League and Cup double. That is obviously the pinnacle of success in as far as domestic football is concerned,” External link

herald Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:35:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We are still in the race, like I said before of the top three teams anyone who makes a mistake is out. " External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, October 16, 2016 10:35:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I am a highly experienced coach. I have been a coach for some years now," External link

allafrica Sunday, October 16, 2016 2:38:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It's going to be tough. Every game that will be played in the remainder of the season. There are those fighting for the title and those who want to finish on good positions. Every game will be like a cup final, especially the match against FC Platinum," External link

allafrica Wednesday, October 12, 2016 2:14:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay told : "The confidence in our squad is very high," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, October 11, 2016 5:31:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "In cup games you get one chance to either win or lose. We played well in the first 20 or so minutes, but after that we started playing a defensive game and allowed them to get back into the match. I wanted to win the match in 90 minutes, but we couldn't do it," External link

allafrica Monday, October 3, 2016 3:25:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We have worked hard on all aspects of our game for the tournament and I pray it doesn't go to a penalty shoot-out. We have to win that match and it's the only thing that matters to us," External link

allafrica Sunday, October 2, 2016 11:40:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “We definitely want to win this cup it will be great if we went on to win the league and cup. We are ready for anyone, the players are motivated and we are looking forward to give our best. We just want to take one game at a time,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Sunday, October 2, 2016 11:47:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay told : “We are not worried about who we will play, what we want is to play and win,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Tuesday, September 27, 2016 11:45:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We had to change our tactics after Bruce and Knox left and it took time for the boys to adjust. If you see, in the game that we are playing now not only strikers score and the midfielders can score also and that game plan is working. If we are to get something this year, we have to do it ourselves. Every game for us now is a Cup final," External link

allafrica Monday, September 26, 2016 12:13:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “First half was not so good, we gave them too much space especially in the first 10 minutes,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Friday, September 23, 2016 1:01:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “It was a good game, we played good football,” “In the second half we started badly and they equalised. It became difficult but I’m happy we managed to get a win. We could have scored more, we had a lot of chances that we didn’t score” External link

dailynews-co-zw Monday, September 19, 2016 9:46:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay told : “It was very important to get the three points for us to keep the pressure on the leading teams,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Monday, September 19, 2016 8:40:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Caps United ) : “The league is becoming more physical at this stage,” “If FC Platinum draw and lose one match then we are okay. We are also hoping that CAPS United will slip up. As for FC Platinum, we will take care of them ourselves when we meet in the reverse fixture” External link

dailynews-co-zw Monday, September 19, 2016 8:40:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It's a good win for us, but we're not thinking about the final yet. We need to take each game as it comes" External link

allafrica Monday, September 19, 2016 2:40:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It's a good win for us, but we're not thinking about the final yet. We need to take each game as it comes" External link

allafrica Monday, September 19, 2016 2:40:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We need that power upfront and in the last three matches he has proven himself well coming from the bench," "It is a good win. We played very good football in the first half, which is what I want, although we created many chances, but we could not score. I cannot talk about reaching the final of this cup yet. We will see how we fare in the next round. We made some silly defending mistakes and allowed Mutare to score in the second half," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, September 19, 2016 12:55:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We need that power upfront and in the last three matches he has proven himself well coming from the bench," "It is a good win. We played very good football in the first half, which is what I want, although we created many chances, but we could not score. I cannot talk about reaching the final of this cup yet. We will see how we fare in the next round. We made some silly defending mistakes and allowed Mutare to score in the second half," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, September 19, 2016 11:55:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We played good football, although a mistake cost us a goal. We needed this win to keep pressure on the leaders," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, September 12, 2016 3:23:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Peter Muduhwa ) : "If the national team coach wants a good defender, here is Peter. He is the best defender," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, September 12, 2016 3:23:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We played good football, although a mistake cost us a goal. We needed this win to keep pressure on the leaders," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, September 12, 2016 2:52:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Peter Muduhwa ) : "If the national team coach wants a good defender, here is Peter. He is the best defender," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, September 12, 2016 2:52:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We want the points. There are only eight games remaining in the season and obviously we have to finish strongly. So to us every game will be like a cup final," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, September 8, 2016 8:42:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "But I think FC Platinum have not done that well in the last six or so games," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, September 6, 2016 11:22:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “Both teams played good football but in the end Highlanders won,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Tuesday, August 30, 2016 3:06:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay told : “We are not where we would like to be in the league just now but all hope is not lost,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Tuesday, August 30, 2016 1:48:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "When we were winning, the target was to go all the way and fight for the top spot, but with the way we have been playing, finishing in the top four has become our top priority. I'm no longer worried about playing good football, all I want is to start winning; it's about getting the results now," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, August 26, 2016 10:18:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "What can I say? The strikers are not doing enough for us to win our matches. We have a problem with the strikers, at training they are good but in match situations I don't know what is happening," External link

allafrica Monday, August 22, 2016 2:50:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "The title is not done yet. It is open for everybody" External link

allafrica Monday, August 22, 2016 2:50:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We've to win this game. As a coach I'm not happy going for five weeks without a win. We're trying to work on a system to balance the team. However, the challenge is that every week we miss a number of players due to injuries or suspensions," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, August 20, 2016 12:08:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "There were a lot of positives that the boys showed. In the past we missed forward play which is what we worked on during the week and if we create chances we will definitely score," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, August 20, 2016 12:08:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “We are seeking redemption after going for four matches without posting a victory,” External link

herald Saturday, August 20, 2016 4:32:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay told : "You don't see any team that goes through a season without bad performances. It is the case with us at the moment but what I am certain of is that we will return to our best soon," External link

onlinenigeria Friday, August 19, 2016 7:26:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I was going to be worried if we had been playing badly in all these games. In fact we have been playing some good football but our biggest letdown is our finishing," External link

onlinenigeria Friday, August 19, 2016 7:26:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay told : "You don't see any team that goes through a season without bad performances. It is the case with us at the moment but what I am certain of is that we will return to our best soon," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, August 19, 2016 1:29:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I was going to be worried if we had been playing badly in all these games. In fact we have been playing some good football but our biggest letdown is our finishing," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, August 19, 2016 1:29:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I am not under any pressure and we are still in the race. We can actually win the league title if we start converting all our chances consistently," External link

allafrica Thursday, August 18, 2016 2:50:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay told : “You don’t see any team that goes through a season without bad performances. It is the case with us at the moment but what I am certain of is that we will return to our best soon,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Wednesday, August 17, 2016 10:25:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “I was going to be worried if we had been playing badly in all these games. In fact we have been playing some good football but our biggest letdown is our finishing,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Wednesday, August 17, 2016 10:25:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “I am not that sad about how we played. In the second half, we got so many chances but we did not score. In football if you don’t score you lose. But we can do better than this,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Tuesday, August 16, 2016 3:48:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It's always a problem playing without an experienced striker and we can't expect midfielders to get us crucial goals in every game," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, August 16, 2016 10:13:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Bruce Kangwa ) : "We will miss Kangwa. We haven't won a match since he left and we have not scored in two of our last three matches," External link

allafrica Tuesday, August 9, 2016 1:13:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It was a bad day in the office in that we played good football, but forgot to score. We made two stupid mistakes and paid dearly. We've to quickly find a system that will work for us because Prince Dube (striker) needs to play with someone who understands him. Hopefully we will get it right in our next game and use chances which we create," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, August 5, 2016 9:43:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "What is important for us is winning, why worry about good football while losing? For us winning is the only language we speak and what matters," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, August 4, 2016 8:53:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "In modern football, you have to defend and attack only if certain of a kill. I know that people will always want to see us dominating, but you can't win a game like that if you don't have the players for such play," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, August 4, 2016 8:53:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We are missing a number of players and we are trying to get our basic game back with these players. Throughout the week we have been practising that and these players have to play the way we want and if they do that then I assure you, Highlanders will be back to their old self again," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, August 4, 2016 8:53:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Caps United ) : "Of course if you play three games in a week it makes play difficult but that's not an excuse. We had told the players to play football but it didn't come out as we had wanted today. I can say CAPS United were better today," "We didn't play so good today. Every time we were always one second too late and when you are late it means the opponent gets more and more strong. We had the chance to finish the game in the first half but we couldn't do that" External link

allafrica Monday, August 1, 2016 12:48:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Caps United ) : "Our play was not so good today. We played three games in a week but that is not an excuse. What I can say is that Caps United were the better team today. We were also missing players upfront and our style of football was not good today, we were playing long balls forward. I don't like that style of football," External link

allafrica Sunday, July 31, 2016 11:24:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Caps United ) : "Our play was not so good today. We played three games in a week but that is not an excuse. What I can say is that Caps United were the better team today. We were also missing players upfront and our style of football was not good today, we were playing long balls forward. I don't like that style of football," External link

allafrica Sunday, July 31, 2016 11:24:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "What I want is for my team to play good football against Triangle," External link

allafrica Friday, July 29, 2016 1:41:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We had a bad game, because we only played good football in the opening 15 minutes and after that we went to sleep. We gave them too much space and our midfield was loose such that we let them play football. We were lucky that they didn't score," External link

allafrica Thursday, July 28, 2016 1:39:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "What I want is for my team to play good football against Triangle. I know little about our opponents, whom I watched once and saw that they have strong players and the match may be physical. You know, morale is high in our camp because of our wins against Caps United and Harare City, but we've to change the style of play because we don't have Bruce and some of the guys. However, I have faith in the team that we have and I'm sure we will get a good result," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:20:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “What I want is for my team to play good football against Triangle,” External link

herald Wednesday, July 27, 2016 5:07:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I am very happy with his performance. I have always trusted him," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, July 25, 2016 5:24:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I am very happy with his performance. I have always trusted him," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, July 25, 2016 1:06:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I am very happy with this, it's my first cup at the club and it feels good. " External link

bulawayo24 Monday, July 25, 2016 1:06:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I am a happy man today although we did not play well, especially in the first half," External link

allafrica Monday, July 25, 2016 11:59:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Essentially there is no break there. It could be an advantage now because we have the momentum, but later fatigue will catch up with us. Players need some time to refresh because the season is long," External link

allafrica Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:33:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Essentially there is no break there. It could be an advantage now because we have the momentum, but later fatigue will catch up with us. Players need some time to refresh because the season is long," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, July 19, 2016 9:27:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We laid back and allowed them to come to us and then we caught them on counter attack, I am happy with the win," External link

allafrica Monday, July 18, 2016 12:03:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We laid back and allowed them to come to us and then we caught them on counter attack, I am happy with the win," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, July 18, 2016 9:37:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It's something that we are working on and he is likely to attend trials with a Netherlands side which we can't name now," External link

allafrica Thursday, July 7, 2016 1:58:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It's something that we are working on and he is likely to attend trials with a Netherlands side which we can't name now," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, July 7, 2016 9:43:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "If there are any good players, I'll take them, but I've to do with what I have" External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, July 5, 2016 9:28:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “I can say it wasn’t our day but we didn’t play our normal game,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Monday, July 4, 2016 6:25:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay told : “Every game that we play now is very difficult. When every team plays against us they are super good. We have to remain focused so that we win every game. Chicken Inn are the champions and a very difficult team to beat, but in the last few weeks this year they have not been doing very well. I don’t know why. Actually I don’t care why. The only thing I want is to win against them,” External link

thestandard-zw Sunday, July 3, 2016 10:18:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "If you want to play for Bosso, don't forget that you need to have a special thing and that is what I am looking for," "All the players we have had in the past days are good players, but they lack that special quality" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, July 1, 2016 9:36:00 AM EAT



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Erol Akbay told : “Zimbabwe has good players playing in Africa and Europe. That’s why I think the country is now ripe to qualify for the World Cup,” External link

zimeye Sunday, January 5, 2020 6:14:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “It’s not good to be dropping points after a good run. But I am glad everyone is back and we have a strong squad, but Chicken Inn are very good and have very good players and they are not easy to beat. I hope we can win this one because we desperately need the points. It’s a must-win for us,” External link

newsday Wednesday, August 28, 2019 6:12:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “Of course, every team that is on the top is difficult to beat but till now we have not lost a game to any of the top teams and we hope to keep it that way,” External link

herald Monday, July 29, 2019 2:16:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Caps United ) : “But today the CAPS United guys scored a very simple goal. That’s why we have to be very careful when they are on the attack. But our defensive side was also very good, I cannot complain. They had two or three opportunities and that means our defending was very good,” External link

herald Monday, July 29, 2019 2:16:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “Even a simple chances, you see a striker missing the target. Its so disappointing,” External link

thestandard-zw Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:06:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It's always good playing against your former club; you know most of the players and the people, including the supporters there. That makes it a very exciting game for me to play against Highlanders. But my salary is paid by Ngezi and it means I have to do everything to win that match. Highlanders play good football, but they are not scoring. We play the same type of football and it will be an exciting game for the fans. This is a game for the players. Playing a big team like Highlanders, motivates the players," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, July 6, 2019 12:25:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “It’s always good playing against your former club; you know most of the players and the people, including the supporters there. That makes it a very exciting game for me to play against Highlanders. But my salary is paid by Ngezi and it means I have to do everything to win that match. Highlanders play good football, but they are not scoring. We play the same type of football and it will be an exciting game for the fans. This is a game for the players. Playing a big team like Highlanders, motivates the players,” External link

newsday Saturday, July 6, 2019 7:21:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “We are preparing very well for this encounter. We are playing a big club and we understand Highlanders will be looking forward to maintaining their fine run after beating Dynamos, but we promise the best at our backyard. It will be a beautiful and exciting game of football which we look forward to winning,” External link

newsday Thursday, July 4, 2019 7:29:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “I always say when we play football, nobody can beat us. That is our weapon; we have to play football. We have to play one-touch football. Last weekend, we did very well. We played football and we scored three goals. We could have scored five, but it’s ok. We have to do it again this weekend. If we play one-touch football, Platinum will have a very difficult day,” External link

newsday Saturday, June 8, 2019 7:28:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “I had to change right winger Donald to a striker and he offers good movement. He can play well in the position. We have had no strikers, they have been injured and Donald is doing very good. I hope that he gives us three goals this weekend,” External link

newsday Saturday, June 8, 2019 7:28:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “The game against Bulawayo Chiefs is very important for us to fight to be among the teams that are competing at the top. I am not a coach who easily gives up. We have a good squad and I believe we can surprise everybody. We will definitely bounce back. We have been playing good football of late although we were creating chances, but not scoring at the beginning of the season,” External link

newsday Friday, May 31, 2019 7:32:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “But Bulawayo Chiefs are not easy to beat. They have played well in the last two weeks, which means something has changed at the club and they have changed their game plan so we have to be very careful,” External link

newsday Friday, May 31, 2019 7:32:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Of course, our fans, the coaches and the club want to win, but I want to win with good football. We have been training hard this week, we have trained two times a day at a very high tempo," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, May 26, 2019 4:32:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay added : "I hope we can show people this weekend that the boys are coming up and demonstrate how Ngezi Platinum wants to play football. We have changed our style of playing football this week and the boys are surprisingly very happy with the new style," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, May 26, 2019 4:32:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "When he was doing well that's when he was injured. Sometimes it's hard life in football," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, May 25, 2019 10:52:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “When he was doing well that’s when he was injured. Sometimes it’s hard life in football,” External link

zimeye Saturday, May 25, 2019 5:28:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “When he was doing well that’s when he was injured. Sometimes it’s hard life in football,” External link

herald Saturday, May 25, 2019 5:11:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “I am not worried about away form, the long grass made it difficult for us to play our passing game, the pitch not very good, tempo was low and everything was low,” External link

zbc Monday, April 29, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “You could see during play that this is not the way Ngezi Platinum play football, we play to create a lot of chances. In the second half, we pressed more to try and go for goal, but it was not to be,” External link

newsday Monday, April 29, 2019 7:35:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “Coaches come, coaches go, the same with players, but for me it is exciting to win my first game at home because expectations from everyone were very high and I hope we will deliver what they want at the end of the season,” “It is still early into the season and we have only played two games, there are 30 to go, so we will remain focused on our target” External link

thestandard-zw Sunday, April 7, 2019 9:07:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay observed : "Today, I think we played well considering where we are in terms of our preparations. But we allowed the opponents to dominate the ball a lot, which is not my style of play, especially in the first half. But we had a different set of players later and things changed," "What I liked is that we were playing a team that has got the best players in South Africa and are on top of the log, but we still tried to impose ourselves and play football. There was not much of a difference in quality between the two teams; it's just that Wits are in better condition physically" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, February 27, 2019 6:44:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "With these matches and at training, I have a lot of things that I am still trying to see. Can these players do well in this philosophy? Do we have the right players for this kind of style? To be honest, sometimes they surprise, but on other times, they disappoint me," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, February 27, 2019 6:44:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay observed : “Today, I think we played well considering where we are in terms of our preparations. But we allowed the opponents to dominate the ball a lot, which is not my style of play, especially in the first half. But we had a different set of players later and things changed,” “What I liked is that we were playing a team that has got the best players in South Africa and are on top of the log, but we still tried to impose ourselves and play football. There was not much of a difference in quality between the two teams; it’s just that Wits are in better condition physically” External link

newsday Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “With these matches and at training, I have a lot of things that I am still trying to see. Can these players do well in this philosophy? Do we have the right players for this kind of style? To be honest, sometimes they surprise, but on other times, they disappoint me,” External link

newsday Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “That is what I want to see, close together compact-play football and making sure that high tempo is there. We only trained for a little more than one week and I think we still have a lot to do,” External link

newsday Thursday, February 7, 2019 6:31:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “No! I am not yet (in Zimbabwe) because my paperwork is not yet finished. I think maybe next week,” External link

newsday Saturday, January 5, 2019 5:52:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Erol Akbay ) : “We will unveil our technical setup as we get ready for the new season. He is (Akbay) is expected to start in the New Year,” External link

herald Tuesday, December 11, 2018 2:49:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Caps United ) : "But I am surprised every time that a big club like Caps United need the assistance of the ball boys to win a match. I am sorry for them, really," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, October 27, 2017 9:55:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Caps United ) : “But I am surprised every time that a big club like CAPS United need the assistance of the ball boys to win a match. I am sorry for them, really,” External link

herald Friday, October 27, 2017 3:40:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "You cannot rule them out completely. They remain a strong squad you must respect and we know they will give us a tough game," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:58:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "The players get to recover from injuries and we will see who is fully fit to make a comeback. Otherwise we look forward to this game," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:58:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Every position now has two players, which is good for the team. This means more pressure for everybody, as all the players will give their best so that they are given an opportunity to play. This season we have more depth. Obviously as a coach I have my first choice, but if they don't do well, they will know that someone is waiting for that opportunity to come and play," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, March 6, 2017 1:03:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Every position now has two players which is good for the team. This means more pressure for everybody as all the players will give their best so that they are given an opportunity to play. This season we have more depth. Obviously as a coach I have my first choice, but if they don't do well they will know that someone is waiting for that opportunity to come and play," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:09:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I've seen Mutuma in a game situation (when Bosso drew 1-1 with Bulawayo City) and of course I want to see him partnering the other strikers. The new players will play because we want to see how our style is coming up," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:09:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "The executive has made my job easy by getting me players that I want. We're almost done with the 2017 squad and what we need now is just a striker to complete our team. There are a few strikers that I'm still looking at. I need someone who will understand our high tempo game and also give us another dimension when attacking," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:09:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "The striker from Equatorial Guinea is a very good player, strong but not fast. Sometimes you need a striker who is not necessarily fast, but can use his strength to score or create. We haven't made up our minds about the striker or any that are still training with us as we need more time to look at them before coming up with a decision," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:09:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Winning the championship is not about individuals, but about having the best team. Last year we were not the best team, but we are working on improving that. If we get strikers that can score goals week in, week out, then we can talk about the championship" External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:09:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Roderick Mutuma ) : "All players have to behave in an acceptable manner otherwise they go. Mutuma is a good striker and as a technical department and considering our style of play, I can see him scoring between 20 and 25 goals this season," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, February 26, 2017 6:48:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I hope an agreement is reached soon because if he goes away, it will be a huge blow to the club and our plans as the technical team. We must go for him at all costs," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:21:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "The two guys would have been perfect for us; one has speed and aggression, while the other's precision in front of goal is superb. Unfortunately, Zekumbawire has since signed for ZPC Kariba, but I hope we will be able to sign Mutuma," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, February 15, 2017 9:56:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Last week when I arrived I said I want to see the player (Khumalo) first and I like what I saw during our trip. He is a fantastic player, someone I want in our team because he sticks to basics. I think he will add value to our team," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, February 13, 2017 10:59:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I saw Mutuma a few hours before our departure for South Africa. I want a striker and I've been reading about the two strikers (Mutuma and Zvekumbawire). I will meet the club officials and hear about the two strikers this week" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, February 13, 2017 10:59:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Absa Premiership ) : "The guys played as we expected and I think they played well, especially the new guys, but we have to up our game in our next games against Premiership sides. We need to avoid playing the same game for 90 minutes, otherwise I am happy with what I saw. We could have an early shape," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, February 9, 2017 11:26:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I'm happy that we still have the same squad. I think by managing to retain the same squad, we're still as good as last year. What we need is a good striker to complement our efforts," "However, the problem is that it's difficult to bring in a quality striker because the club doesn't have the finances to entice a good striker. This means we will have to do with the strikers we have in our team," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, February 6, 2017 12:08:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I can't comment on people who're not attending our training sessions. I can only comment after seeing how the training sessions have been going and who is attending the training sessions" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, February 6, 2017 12:08:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Normally I wouldn't let a striker go. I heard that there's a player (Khumalo) who has been training with the side and I need to see the said player this week at our training before deciding whether trading the striker (Dube) is worth it," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, February 6, 2017 12:08:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I'm actually on my way home from the airport and I have not met the other coaches. All I know is that we are leaving for South Africa on Sunday and will start training on the following day. I still need a bit of time to be briefed by my colleagues on how the team has been doing," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, February 4, 2017 3:26:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “To be honest I did not expect the boys to play the way they did. They impressed me above my expectations,” “There are even some players I did not think would play the way they did. We were simply building a team for next season but, we almost won the league title. That gives me confidence that we can achieve more next season. Look Rahman (Kutsanzira) was good and I feel he should have been one of the players on that Soccer Star of the Year lost. A player like Prince Dube just came in and did a good job while no one knew him. We even lost Bruce and Knox (Mutizwa) to foreign clubs but we still did well” External link

newzimbabwe Tuesday, December 13, 2016 4:01:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I'm happy with the 2-2 scoreline after 90 minutes and I think that reflected that both teams wanted to win. Just like us, they created a number of scoring opportunities, played good football which I like" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, December 12, 2016 11:32:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Peter Muduhwa ) : "When I came in, Muduhwa was a midfielder and we thrust him into defence and he emerged to be one of the best defenders in the country," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, December 11, 2016 2:26:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Any match against Dynamos always calls for the best performance even though we are celebrating, we know that in the field of play we have to come up with the best team that would ensure we come out tops," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, December 11, 2016 12:29:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Peter Muduhwa ) : "When I came in, Muduhwa was a midfielder and we thrust him into defence and he emerged to be one of the best defenders in the country," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, December 11, 2016 12:29:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Someone asked me if I know that the club's sponsorship is coming to an end and I said yes. He went on to ask if I'll return if my salary is not paid and I asked him if he will go to work without being paid and he said no. It's too far from home to come here for nothing," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, December 9, 2016 7:56:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It's too far from home to come here for nothing," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, December 9, 2016 7:56:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It's too far from home to come here for nothing," External link

onlinenigeria Friday, December 9, 2016 7:02:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “It’s a sad thing to lose with one or two votes like what Rahman did. But I am very proud of him, he was almost always in the first 11. Of course everything can’t go your way but I am happy for Peter,” External link

herald Wednesday, November 30, 2016 2:32:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "FC Platinum is a very big club and for them to do that was really stupid of them. I never expected it and still have no idea how they could do that. Those are the little things that piss off supporters," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, November 25, 2016 9:31:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “Our season is over now and we wait to see what happens next season. We will see what kind of players we will have next season and we can add some good ones so that we can win the league title,” “At the moment I cannot say who we will be having next season but, will add some good players to win this. We had the chance to be champions this season but, that did not happen. FC Platinum scored three goals and ended our hopes but we will come back much better next year” External link

newzimbabwe Thursday, November 24, 2016 9:29:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Caps United ) : “If we win and CAPS United lose we can go all the way and win the league,” External link

herald Saturday, November 19, 2016 4:53:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "One cannot help but appreciate what he has done for his team," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 16, 2016 11:33:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "But we still have to concentrate till the end. If you cannot be champions then it has to be number two. Already we are assured of finishing in the top three, but we would want the best possible place," External link

allafrica Tuesday, November 1, 2016 10:52:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “We did not play well to beat Ngezi. We conceded from a set piece and that that made a big difference,” “We learnt a lot from this match and we will translate them in the league games. The Ngezi match was a very important one and in the league we also face important games. We now know how to handle such crucial games. That is why I said right now there is no room for mistakes because every point is important” External link

newzimbabwe Thursday, October 27, 2016 2:51:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Caps United ) : “As I have been saying lately, there is no room for mistakes now. We have to do it on our own for us to win the league title,” “We have been following how Caps or FC Platinum have been playing but we now just have to focus on ourselves. Even if those other teams win their games we have to make sure we win ours. On the second-past game we will play FC Platinum and that is one game that is tricky for us but we just have to go out there and do businesses for ourselves. We do not want to pray and hope for the other teams to drop points but we should build our own road to the championship” External link

newzimbabwe Thursday, October 20, 2016 3:40:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It is very possible for the team to win a League and Cup double. That is obviously the pinnacle of success in as far as domestic football is concerned," External link

allafrica Wednesday, October 19, 2016 1:49:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “It is very possible for the team to win a League and Cup double. That is obviously the pinnacle of success in as far as domestic football is concerned,” External link

herald Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:35:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We are still in the race, like I said before of the top three teams anyone who makes a mistake is out. " External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, October 16, 2016 10:35:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I am a highly experienced coach. I have been a coach for some years now," External link

allafrica Sunday, October 16, 2016 2:38:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It's going to be tough. Every game that will be played in the remainder of the season. There are those fighting for the title and those who want to finish on good positions. Every game will be like a cup final, especially the match against FC Platinum," External link

allafrica Wednesday, October 12, 2016 2:14:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay told : "The confidence in our squad is very high," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, October 11, 2016 5:31:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "In cup games you get one chance to either win or lose. We played well in the first 20 or so minutes, but after that we started playing a defensive game and allowed them to get back into the match. I wanted to win the match in 90 minutes, but we couldn't do it," External link

allafrica Monday, October 3, 2016 3:25:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We have worked hard on all aspects of our game for the tournament and I pray it doesn't go to a penalty shoot-out. We have to win that match and it's the only thing that matters to us," External link

allafrica Sunday, October 2, 2016 11:40:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “We definitely want to win this cup it will be great if we went on to win the league and cup. We are ready for anyone, the players are motivated and we are looking forward to give our best. We just want to take one game at a time,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Sunday, October 2, 2016 11:47:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay told : “We are not worried about who we will play, what we want is to play and win,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Tuesday, September 27, 2016 11:45:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We had to change our tactics after Bruce and Knox left and it took time for the boys to adjust. If you see, in the game that we are playing now not only strikers score and the midfielders can score also and that game plan is working. If we are to get something this year, we have to do it ourselves. Every game for us now is a Cup final," External link

allafrica Monday, September 26, 2016 12:13:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “First half was not so good, we gave them too much space especially in the first 10 minutes,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Friday, September 23, 2016 1:01:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “It was a good game, we played good football,” “In the second half we started badly and they equalised. It became difficult but I’m happy we managed to get a win. We could have scored more, we had a lot of chances that we didn’t score” External link

dailynews-co-zw Monday, September 19, 2016 9:46:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay told : “It was very important to get the three points for us to keep the pressure on the leading teams,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Monday, September 19, 2016 8:40:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Caps United ) : “The league is becoming more physical at this stage,” “If FC Platinum draw and lose one match then we are okay. We are also hoping that CAPS United will slip up. As for FC Platinum, we will take care of them ourselves when we meet in the reverse fixture” External link

dailynews-co-zw Monday, September 19, 2016 8:40:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It's a good win for us, but we're not thinking about the final yet. We need to take each game as it comes" External link

allafrica Monday, September 19, 2016 2:40:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It's a good win for us, but we're not thinking about the final yet. We need to take each game as it comes" External link

allafrica Monday, September 19, 2016 2:40:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We need that power upfront and in the last three matches he has proven himself well coming from the bench," "It is a good win. We played very good football in the first half, which is what I want, although we created many chances, but we could not score. I cannot talk about reaching the final of this cup yet. We will see how we fare in the next round. We made some silly defending mistakes and allowed Mutare to score in the second half," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, September 19, 2016 12:55:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We need that power upfront and in the last three matches he has proven himself well coming from the bench," "It is a good win. We played very good football in the first half, which is what I want, although we created many chances, but we could not score. I cannot talk about reaching the final of this cup yet. We will see how we fare in the next round. We made some silly defending mistakes and allowed Mutare to score in the second half," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, September 19, 2016 11:55:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We played good football, although a mistake cost us a goal. We needed this win to keep pressure on the leaders," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, September 12, 2016 3:23:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Peter Muduhwa ) : "If the national team coach wants a good defender, here is Peter. He is the best defender," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, September 12, 2016 3:23:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We played good football, although a mistake cost us a goal. We needed this win to keep pressure on the leaders," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, September 12, 2016 2:52:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Peter Muduhwa ) : "If the national team coach wants a good defender, here is Peter. He is the best defender," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, September 12, 2016 2:52:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We want the points. There are only eight games remaining in the season and obviously we have to finish strongly. So to us every game will be like a cup final," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, September 8, 2016 8:42:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "But I think FC Platinum have not done that well in the last six or so games," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, September 6, 2016 11:22:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “Both teams played good football but in the end Highlanders won,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Tuesday, August 30, 2016 3:06:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay told : “We are not where we would like to be in the league just now but all hope is not lost,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Tuesday, August 30, 2016 1:48:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "When we were winning, the target was to go all the way and fight for the top spot, but with the way we have been playing, finishing in the top four has become our top priority. I'm no longer worried about playing good football, all I want is to start winning; it's about getting the results now," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, August 26, 2016 10:18:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "What can I say? The strikers are not doing enough for us to win our matches. We have a problem with the strikers, at training they are good but in match situations I don't know what is happening," External link

allafrica Monday, August 22, 2016 2:50:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "The title is not done yet. It is open for everybody" External link

allafrica Monday, August 22, 2016 2:50:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We've to win this game. As a coach I'm not happy going for five weeks without a win. We're trying to work on a system to balance the team. However, the challenge is that every week we miss a number of players due to injuries or suspensions," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, August 20, 2016 12:08:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "There were a lot of positives that the boys showed. In the past we missed forward play which is what we worked on during the week and if we create chances we will definitely score," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, August 20, 2016 12:08:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “We are seeking redemption after going for four matches without posting a victory,” External link

herald Saturday, August 20, 2016 4:32:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay told : "You don't see any team that goes through a season without bad performances. It is the case with us at the moment but what I am certain of is that we will return to our best soon," External link

onlinenigeria Friday, August 19, 2016 7:26:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I was going to be worried if we had been playing badly in all these games. In fact we have been playing some good football but our biggest letdown is our finishing," External link

onlinenigeria Friday, August 19, 2016 7:26:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay told : "You don't see any team that goes through a season without bad performances. It is the case with us at the moment but what I am certain of is that we will return to our best soon," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, August 19, 2016 1:29:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I was going to be worried if we had been playing badly in all these games. In fact we have been playing some good football but our biggest letdown is our finishing," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, August 19, 2016 1:29:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I am not under any pressure and we are still in the race. We can actually win the league title if we start converting all our chances consistently," External link

allafrica Thursday, August 18, 2016 2:50:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay told : “You don’t see any team that goes through a season without bad performances. It is the case with us at the moment but what I am certain of is that we will return to our best soon,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Wednesday, August 17, 2016 10:25:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “I was going to be worried if we had been playing badly in all these games. In fact we have been playing some good football but our biggest letdown is our finishing,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Wednesday, August 17, 2016 10:25:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “I am not that sad about how we played. In the second half, we got so many chances but we did not score. In football if you don’t score you lose. But we can do better than this,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Tuesday, August 16, 2016 3:48:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It's always a problem playing without an experienced striker and we can't expect midfielders to get us crucial goals in every game," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, August 16, 2016 10:13:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Bruce Kangwa ) : "We will miss Kangwa. We haven't won a match since he left and we have not scored in two of our last three matches," External link

allafrica Tuesday, August 9, 2016 1:13:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It was a bad day in the office in that we played good football, but forgot to score. We made two stupid mistakes and paid dearly. We've to quickly find a system that will work for us because Prince Dube (striker) needs to play with someone who understands him. Hopefully we will get it right in our next game and use chances which we create," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, August 5, 2016 9:43:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "What is important for us is winning, why worry about good football while losing? For us winning is the only language we speak and what matters," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, August 4, 2016 8:53:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "In modern football, you have to defend and attack only if certain of a kill. I know that people will always want to see us dominating, but you can't win a game like that if you don't have the players for such play," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, August 4, 2016 8:53:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We are missing a number of players and we are trying to get our basic game back with these players. Throughout the week we have been practising that and these players have to play the way we want and if they do that then I assure you, Highlanders will be back to their old self again," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, August 4, 2016 8:53:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Caps United ) : "Of course if you play three games in a week it makes play difficult but that's not an excuse. We had told the players to play football but it didn't come out as we had wanted today. I can say CAPS United were better today," "We didn't play so good today. Every time we were always one second too late and when you are late it means the opponent gets more and more strong. We had the chance to finish the game in the first half but we couldn't do that" External link

allafrica Monday, August 1, 2016 12:48:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Caps United ) : "Our play was not so good today. We played three games in a week but that is not an excuse. What I can say is that Caps United were the better team today. We were also missing players upfront and our style of football was not good today, we were playing long balls forward. I don't like that style of football," External link

allafrica Sunday, July 31, 2016 11:24:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said ( about Caps United ) : "Our play was not so good today. We played three games in a week but that is not an excuse. What I can say is that Caps United were the better team today. We were also missing players upfront and our style of football was not good today, we were playing long balls forward. I don't like that style of football," External link

allafrica Sunday, July 31, 2016 11:24:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "What I want is for my team to play good football against Triangle," External link

allafrica Friday, July 29, 2016 1:41:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We had a bad game, because we only played good football in the opening 15 minutes and after that we went to sleep. We gave them too much space and our midfield was loose such that we let them play football. We were lucky that they didn't score," External link

allafrica Thursday, July 28, 2016 1:39:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "What I want is for my team to play good football against Triangle. I know little about our opponents, whom I watched once and saw that they have strong players and the match may be physical. You know, morale is high in our camp because of our wins against Caps United and Harare City, but we've to change the style of play because we don't have Bruce and some of the guys. However, I have faith in the team that we have and I'm sure we will get a good result," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:20:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “What I want is for my team to play good football against Triangle,” External link

herald Wednesday, July 27, 2016 5:07:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I am very happy with his performance. I have always trusted him," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, July 25, 2016 5:24:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I am very happy with his performance. I have always trusted him," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, July 25, 2016 1:06:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I am very happy with this, it's my first cup at the club and it feels good. " External link

bulawayo24 Monday, July 25, 2016 1:06:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "I am a happy man today although we did not play well, especially in the first half," External link

allafrica Monday, July 25, 2016 11:59:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Essentially there is no break there. It could be an advantage now because we have the momentum, but later fatigue will catch up with us. Players need some time to refresh because the season is long," External link

allafrica Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:33:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "Essentially there is no break there. It could be an advantage now because we have the momentum, but later fatigue will catch up with us. Players need some time to refresh because the season is long," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, July 19, 2016 9:27:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We laid back and allowed them to come to us and then we caught them on counter attack, I am happy with the win," External link

allafrica Monday, July 18, 2016 12:03:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "We laid back and allowed them to come to us and then we caught them on counter attack, I am happy with the win," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, July 18, 2016 9:37:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It's something that we are working on and he is likely to attend trials with a Netherlands side which we can't name now," External link

allafrica Thursday, July 7, 2016 1:58:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "It's something that we are working on and he is likely to attend trials with a Netherlands side which we can't name now," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, July 7, 2016 9:43:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "If there are any good players, I'll take them, but I've to do with what I have" External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, July 5, 2016 9:28:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : “I can say it wasn’t our day but we didn’t play our normal game,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Monday, July 4, 2016 6:25:00 PM EAT

Erol Akbay told : “Every game that we play now is very difficult. When every team plays against us they are super good. We have to remain focused so that we win every game. Chicken Inn are the champions and a very difficult team to beat, but in the last few weeks this year they have not been doing very well. I don’t know why. Actually I don’t care why. The only thing I want is to win against them,” External link

thestandard-zw Sunday, July 3, 2016 10:18:00 AM EAT

Erol Akbay said : "If you want to play for Bosso, don't forget that you need to have a special thing and that is what I am looking for," "All the players we have had in the past days are good players, but they lack that special quality" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, July 1, 2016 9:36:00 AM EAT



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coach91.82%EN10/26/201726/10/2017
head coach7.65%EN09/09/201709/09/2017
under head coach0.53%EN12/13/201613/12/2016
Names Lang Count
Erol AkbayEN100.00%


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