Kaizer Chiefs: Middendorp annoyed with Safa over national call-ups

Ernst Middendorp coach of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Supersport United and Kaizer Chiefs on the 15 March 2019 at Mbombela StadiumPic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePixErnst Middendorp says he wishes there was a more direct line of communication between himself and Safa in terms of national call-ups.

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says he wishes there was a more direct line of communication between himself and the South African Football Association (Safa) when it comes to calling up players for national duty.

The German tactician has recently welcomed back Bafana duo, Daniel Cardoso and Bruce Bvuma, who were both unused in the 2-1 victory over Libya, as well as a few members of the SA Under-23 squad which beat Angola on Tuesday.

He expressed concern at how the players were called up, saying he had had no communication with either senior national coach Stuart Baxter or his youth counterpart, David Notoane.

“Actually‚ no. I have no line. Whenever it is possible I go and watch the national teams‚ like the qualifier between South Africa Under-23 and Angola on Tuesday at Bidvest Stadium‚” Middendorp said.

“I’m there‚ I’m around. I greet the [Safa] president‚ Mr Danny Jordaan. I have a short chat. The national team coaches are all around. And I am not in contact with them‚ or have any communication.

“That’s not my role – that’s the responsibility of the association.

“If they want to have a chat – the national team coach‚ the Olympic coach‚ the Under-20 or U-17 coach‚ whoever it is – at any time‚ they are welcome.

“If they want an impression from my side they can at any time get an opinion. But there is no communication.”

Ernst Middendorp

Middendorp said the approach was different from one adopted by other football associations, pointing out to Nigeria, where he says the national coach, Gernot Rohr, has a more direct line with the clubs in the country.

He added that he would have liked to see new recruit, Reeve Frosler – who did not get a run during the international break, despite being called up to the Under-23 side – remain at Naturena instead.

“Reeve Frosler was a bit disturbed. He got invited for the camp. I would have loved to see him here‚ to see him here working on his intensity and what he has to do‚” Middendorp said.

“But OK, in the end, he was sent home with a reason. I would have said we could have discussed it before the invitation was done.”

Ernst Middendorp

Kaizer Chiefs’ next assignment is the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal encounter against Cape Town City at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday. Kick off is at 15:00.

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