As difficult league campaign for Kaizer Chiefs continued on Saturday night, as they suffered defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic at Peter Mokaba Stadium, and coach Ernst Middendorp has attributed the result to the manner in which his charges started the game.
Amakhosi fell to a 1-0 defeat, and remain rooted in seventh place – having not recorded a league victory in their last five outings, with their last winning coming against Maritzburg United in March.
This was after falling behind in the first half, with Ndumiso Mabena’s stunning free-kick ending up the difference between the two sides, with Phunya Sele Sele recording a second consecutive victory after going through an indifferent period of their own.
Middendorp lamented his side’s approach to the encounter, which he says was no different to their last three results, where they managed just two points.
“It’s always the same. Golden Arrows, Baroka, now Bloemfontein Celtic,” he told Supersport after the game.
“We start slow, we start arrogant. We don’t start with the right dynamic, the right intention. We mention it again and again. We highlighted it.
“And then we go 1-0 down and the opponent closes the doors and we don’t find the key in the final third. Simple, easy.”
Chiefs and Celtic are now separated by a single point at seventh and eighth respectively, with the latter having climbed up from outside the coveted top half of the table, thanks to the three points collected in Polokwane.
Having been ordered to see out the rest of the season outside the Free State, Phunya Sele Sele travel to meet Highlands Park in their next outing before hosting AmaZulu at a venue yet to be announced.
The Soweto giants, on the other hand, welcome Free State Stars to FNB Stadium, before returning Port Elizabeth for a clash against Chippa United on the final day of the league season.