Middendorp downplays his decent derby record

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp comes into the much-anticipated Telkom Knockout quarterfinal against Orlando Pirates with a decent Soweto Derby record.

Middendorp first arrived at Chiefs 14 years ago and finished his first stint at Amakhosi without a defeat against their arch-rivals.

The German mentor, at the time, took charge of four derbies, drew 1 and won 3, including the 2004 Absa Cup final via a 6-5 penalty shootout.

The 601-year-old who has been in charge in 2 derbies losing one and drawing the other since his return to the club last year is hoping his team make less mistakes against the Buccaneers.

“A soccer game is a game of mistakes, if you make less mistakes than the other one then you have a high chance to be successful,” Middendorp reasoned.

“Mistake-making is not only related to defence, it is also related to the attack too. If you have an opportunity and you are not able to score that means you have made a mistake so if we make less mistakes, then we have a higher chance of success,” added the former Maritzburg United mentor.

MIDDENDORP’S SOWETO DERBY RECORD

Played: 6

Won: 3 (including Absa Cup)

Drew: 2

Lost: 1

By Ofhani Munyai

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