Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp admits that he has to constantly rotate his squad following their congested fixture schedule.
The Soweto giants made a number of changes to their squad that drew 1-1 with Bidvest Wits four days earlier.
Amakhosi’s squad rotation paid after as they managed to secure a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory to beat Polokwane City at Dobsonville Stadium over the weekend.
With the victory Amakhosi extended their lead at the top of the Absa Premiership standings to six points over second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns.
‘I have said that we will have to keep on making some changes along the way. We will not be able to play the same team every day because of the compact nature of our fixtures,’ Middendorp told his club’s official website.
‘If you look at our starting lineup, we started with four changes from the first game of the resumption of the season. It is always going to be a close call with the decision-making. We planned and at some point, you look at it and ask if we could do without Willard Katsande or not. And then with Leonardo Castro cramping in the first game, we decided to let him rest and recover.
‘I repeat: I do not look at the table or who does win or lose at this stage. My job and focus is to prepare the team and work hard to win matches, that is what I get paid for by Chiefs.
‘We will go back to the training ground to recoup and prepare the team for the next match which is against Celtic. I am happy with the win, but the work continues.’
Kaizer Chiefs will now focus on their next match against Bloemfontein Celtic at TUKS Stadium in Pretoria on Wednesday.
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