Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says he expects the three players on three yellow cards who are at risk of missing the Soweto Derby, to still give their all against Highlands Park in the Nedbank Cup at Makhulong Stadium this afternoon (15:00).
After this game in Tembisa, Chiefs will meet nemesis Orlando Pirates in a crucial Absa Premiership encounter at FNB Stadium on Saturday, February 29.
Lebogang Manyama, Daniel Cardoso and Reeve Frosler will miss the Derby if they are booked against Highlands Park, but Middendorp is not overly concerned about this situation.
“George (Maluleka) will do the execution (against Pirates if Manyama is missing)… Bernard Parker will do the execution,” said Middendorp, who clearly has solutions in mind already.
“They will be all on the field (against Highlands Park)… it’s highlighted and it’s very important for each and everybody, and every referee would know which players (risk suspension).
“If not, I can highlight it again; it’s Reeve Frosler, it’s Daniel Cardoso and it’s Lebogang Manyama – all three on third yellow cards.
“They should behave, they should do their normal job and why should I go now and whatever in terms of (sparing players). The next important match is the next one,” he said.
“I’m not jungling around, left and right, protecting (players) and hoping, whatever, no.
“If I get other messages from players that they want to protect themselves, okay that’s not the right one – that’s not a player who should work here with Kaizer Chiefs,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Middendorp has urged his players to be calm in front of goal against Highlands Park.
“We have to show more calmness in the final third to use our opportunities, that’s very clear.”
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa