Although the team has not ruled out any transfer activity during the January transfer window Period, Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says they don’t have any offer on the table for any of their players struggling with game time.
Middendorp was speaking at the PSL offices in Parktown on Tuesday after being named the November Absa Premiership Coach of the Month, the first coach to win the award three consecutive times.
Players such as Siphelele Ntshangase, Lorenzo Gordinho, Kgotso Moleko, James Kotei and Kabelo Mahlasela have struggled for some game time under the German this season, but Middendorp insists the team has showed no indication that they might want to let go of any of their players.
“Currently as I am sitting here now into my direction there is no approach from any team as I know. Probably inside the management know but I was not approached at all to think about player X or how far we will use him or how far we will be able to release, definitely not. I said before if there is interest based on certain discussions to look at all directions then the decision will be done inside Naturena,” said Middendorp.
“We will put it into the public I think that’s the procedure. We have a number of players and I have said it before for different reasons, we have a number of players we have not used so far, players coming from outside, players coming from injuries. I see the development of a number of players, players like (Nkosingiphile) Ngcobo coming back from his injury other players like Happy Mashiane whom together with Siyabonga Ngezana qualified for the Olympics, they come into now being with us more and more coming closer getting the prioritised individual attention and yeah I believe they can contribute the necessary competitive process inside the team.
“We will look at what is available inside the club because I believe there are still a number of players who will come in during the second round, the first six months of 2020. Of course, there are always players on the market who we could be interested in. Of course, journalists are very active left right and center to give advice on which player should come or released so let’s discuss and let’s not be stupid not to listen to each other.”
Ntshangase, Kotei and Mahlasela are yet to play in any official match this season with intensifying reports that the players might not be in Middendorp’s plans.
By Ofhani Munyai