Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp could be close to falling out of favour with the Khosi faithful, but has a chance at redemption with a big cup final taking place in a few days.
The Soweto giants take to Durban on Saturday, where they face first-division outfit TS Galaxy at Moses Mabhida Stadium in the Nedbank Cup final.
Victory will sweeten what’s been an overall horrid season, as the country’s most successful club managed their worst league finish in the PSL era by collecting the lowest points tally to place ninth at the end of the campaign.
With their first piece of silverware in four years now within touching distance, the German mentor has called on fans to get behind the club as they seek to turn around their fortunes ahead of the upcoming season.
“If somebody is a real Kaizer Chiefs supporter right now … we need all of you.
“It has to be a united force, supporting the team every minute to disperse the cloud hanging over Naturena for not winning anything in the past four years.”
Middendorp arrived for his second stint at the club in December, when he was called upon to replace Italian tactician Giovanni Solinas, who’s short spell in charge had seen them crash out of two cup semifinals, while languishing in seventh place in the PSL log.
Despite a decent cup run under the German, Amakhosi continued to struggle in the league, recording just five wins in 16 matches – finishing the campaign with a seven-game winless streak.
The Nedbank Cup final kicks off at 19:00 (SAST).