Given his previous record at Kaizer Chiefs in his previous stint, the appointment of coach Ernst Middendorp this day a year ago was not well received by the Amakhosi faithful.
But a year on the German mentor is slowly winning the supporters’ hearts with their fine league form that has many tip them as early favourites for the title.
The 61-year-old has been in charge for 40 official games in all competitions since taking over from Giovanni Solinas on 7 December 2018.
He has won 21, 9 draws and 10 defeats, including the embarrassing 1-0 defeat by GladAfrica Championship side TS Galaxy in the Nedbank cup Final in Durban.
Chiefs are currently top of the Absa Premiership and have only lost 1 and drew 1 of their 12 League games.
But the former Asante Kotoko coach has played down his decent record in his second stint at the Soweto Giants.
“We have a game on Saturday evening, and we go game by game,” he said.
“Mathematics science is not one of our favourites we just go into the next game knowing what is over there, I am not involved in any record, any feelings or any high note movements whatever.
“Let’s go to the game in Durban against Bloemfontein Celtic and what’s at stake? 3 points possible to grab and that’s what we are going to try and do,” insisted Middendorp.
“The process is very clear where we are, we started in July presenting our ideas of having a target or a goal of being in the competition for the championship title and I have said it already several times. I think there were a lot of smiles around the corner but in the moment, we only have turned it into the direction to reflect on what was said in August.
“Of course, we are feeling comfortable on one side but feeling comfortable should not be our main target.”
A win against Celtic will restore the 10 points gap between them and second placed SuperSport United. The match kicks off at 20:15 at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
By Ofhani Munyai