Hunt full of praise for ‘experienced’ Middendorp


Kaizer Chiefs got their 2019/20 Absa Premiership campaign off to a flying start and have been consistent throughout topping the league table and Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has paid homage to his counterpart Ernst Middendorp.

Hunt says a lot of credit must be given to Middendorp and his technical team for transforming Chiefs’ fortunes as they are now in pole position to clinch the league title for the first time in five years.

“I think they made one or two good signings and I think what they’ve done well this year at Chiefs is to find a way to play with the players that he [Middendorp] has got,” Hunt said during a South African Football Journalists’ Association (SAFJA) press conference via Zoom.

“I know they’ve been criticised for the style‚ but I haven’t even looked at that. I just look at the points‚ and say right now they’re doing well and they’re the team to catch,” – Hunt. Picture courtesy of Bidvest Wits.

“They do play a little bit differently to most teams in South Africa – the way that the team is set up, and that’s all credit to Ernst and his coaching staff,” added the Wits mentor.

Before the league was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, ‘Amakhosi’ were at the summit of the table with 48 points in 22 matches (15 wins, 3 draws and only 4 losses).

“That’s experience and he’s [Middendorp] got that experience. I mean he’s been around for ages‚ and he knows what to do and not to do‚ and he’s proved again this year he knows what’s happening,” – Hunt.
“The bottom line is you’ve got to find a way to get the best out of what you’ve got. You’ve got to give Ernst and his team credit this season for where they are,” said Hunt

“How they’ve got there – the first games where the goals were disallowed and the referees – that’s gone,” concluded the four-time league winning tactician.

Middendorp is the first coach to win the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Coach of the Month award three times in a row.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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