Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp has backed his former club Kaizer Chiefs to emerge from their current slump and formulate an effective and winning strategy.
Middendorp’s troops beat Chiefs 2-0 in a DStv Premiership match at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening, thanks to a Judas Moseamedi brace.
‘The Glamour Boys’ have now won just one of their nine league matches this season and have had to adapt to a new coach after Middendorp was shown the exit door last campaign. Gavin Hunt took over the coaching reins at the start of the 2020/21 campaign.
Middendorp, who wasn’t able to keep his job after Chiefs didn’t go on to win the league title, believes the Soweto giants, currently flirting relegation in 14th place will soon return to winning ways.
“I know the Chiefs players, we had a fantastic time over two years ending up with the qualification for the Caf Champions League and thanks God they qualified for the group stage,” said the German coach.
“From my side, compliments to the team, to each and everybody who was involved. There is nothing to do, I am a little bit frustrated to see them at this moment running a certain journey.
“But I know they will turn it around and come in the right direction and take confidence out of the qualification in the group (Champions League),” added Middendorp.
The win over Chiefs marks a personal triumph for Middendorp at his old home ground in Soweto, but the German tactician insists that he had nothing to prove and didn’t feel a tinge of inner satisfaction at the result.
“There is nothing sweet about it, if you are a serious and honest coach you don’t talk this nonsense ‘sweet and fantastic’ [to beat your former employers),” he concluded.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi
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