Chiefs are ready to fulfil expectations – Middendorp


Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says they are well-prepared, and in the mood, to meet the growing expectations from the fans by clinching the 2019/20 Absa Premiership title.

‘The Glamour Boys’ will resume their league campaign against Bidvest Wits at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday.

“We know we have the support and we know we have to fulfill expectations going into the final day on the 5th of September,” said Middendorp.

“Hopefully we will fulfill the expectations of each and everybody and of course, we want to win the league,” he proclaimed.

For the first time in years, there is a sense Chiefs can emerge as the league champions as they currently sit at the summit of the Absa Premiership log standings with a four-point lead over current champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, who are in second place with seven games remaining.

“All of us, the technical team and especially the players want to have the games, they want to have the competitive season going on in the final stages and we are very happy, and hopefully well prepared to start again on Wednesday against Bidvest Wits,” added the Chiefs mentor.

“We approached our preparation in perhaps a little bit of a different way. At the beginning of July, I was aware about it, the season restart and I know there are competent people in this PSL working on it.

“It would not have been possible to start training on July 4 and then have two weeks training sessions to start on July 18.

“We approached it in a way that said we would gradually build up and have a focus-point which was August 14, over six weeks, where we decided what was responsible when working with the players to give them the right basics and fundamentals.

“Starting two days earlier than originally planned, we can deal with it and I believe the players have so far worked hard and done what is possible. Everybody is available,” concluded Middendorp.

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