Fri. Aug 23rd, 2019

Middendorp left to rue missed opportunities after ‘painful’ draw

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 was left frustrated, following a second consecutive stalemate in the league from his charges.

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Shortly after booking their spot in the Nedbank Cup final, Kaizer Chiefs put on a lacklustre display on their return to league action, much to coach Ernst Middendorp’s frustration.

The Soweto giants spent a great chunk of Tuesday night’s clash against Lamontville Golden Arrows at FNB Stadium chasing an equaliser, and did manage to salvage a 1-1 draw – thanks to a Khotso Moleko header 13 minutes from time.

This was after Ntokozo Sibiya struck in the first half for the visitors, prompting a frantic pursuit for the equaliser from Amakhosi.

Middendorp believes his charges wasted countless opportunities, and could have registered a convincing winning margin, given their dominance throughout the 90 minutes.

“It’s painful to see the result of 1-1 in the end. I don’t know, two or three times [we] hit the crossbar before they scored the goal. I don’t know, we can discuss it, 3-0 or 4-0 with the opportunities we had just to tap the ball in.

“I’m not disappointed with the way we tried in the second half with quick balls and circulation, with a better movement. It’s disappointing that we’re not coming through, I don’t remember, even a try, a shot at goal from the other side. I could have probably done it without a goalkeeper. But it’s not new, we had it against Baroka FC, we had it against Pirates.”

Ernst Middendorp

Kaizer Chiefs remaining fixtures

The stalemate saw Chiefs unmoved from seventh place on the log, three points behind Polokwane City, who are directly above them.

It’s now off to Polokwane for the Glamour Boys, where they will meet Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday, after the fixture had been moved from Dr Molemela Stadium.

The game against Phunya Sele Sele is the first of their last three remaining fixtures, with dates against the struggling Free State Stars and Chippa United also on the card.

Chiefs then close off their season with a shot at silverware, as they take on National First Division outfit TS Galaxy at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, 18 May.

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