Wed. May 22nd, 2019

Middendorp hints at wholesale changes in Chiefs next outing

Ernst Middendorp, coach of Kaizer Chiefs reacts during the 2019 Nedbank Cup last 16 match between The Magic and Kaizer Chiefs at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth on 17 February 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePixKaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has indicated that he could ring in the changes when his side meet Black Leopards on Saturday.

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has made no bones about his frustration with the display served up by his charges in their previous fixture, and has indicated that there is some change set to hit Naturena ahead of their next encounter.

The Soweto giants fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Baroka, who ended a three-match losing streak, jumping one spot to 14th on the log.

This came after Chiefs had delivered convincing performance in knocking Cape Town City out of the Nedbank Cup in the last eight.

Having fielded similar lineups in those two previous outings – with the notable absence of the injured Khama Billiat in the latter – the German tactician noted the difference in intensity from his charges, and has hinted at some changes when they run out against Black Leopards at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.

“I can only repeat, it’s like if you have a fantastic car but you don’t have fuel. Your fantastic car, of a fantastic brand with a fantastic reputation, is standing there but the fuel is not there, it’s not enough and you’ll miss it – that is what I see.

“It was totally disappointing and not adequate, but we have to look forward to the next game and put some other players in, we’ll see. It should not happen that we are using the same players and we can’t handle it.”

Ernst Middendorp

Following the defeat, Chiefs remain seventh on the table, eight points behind leaders Orlando Pirates with just five matches left to play.

Following their trip to Polokwane, they set their sights on cup glory with a trip to Port Elizabeth to face Chippa United in the Nedbank Cup semifinals, before returning home to square off against Golden Arrows, coached by former mentor Steve Komphela.

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