Middendorp: Our biggest opponent was in our own team

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Ernst Middendorp coach of Kaizer Chiefs
  • Post published:February 18, 2019

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp refused to criticise his players publicly after squandering numerous chances against the Magic FC.

The Glamour Boys were forced to settle the game in extra time before securing a  3-0 victory over the ABC Motsepe League side at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on the Nedbank Cup on Sunday afternoon.

Daniel Cardoso, Philani Zulu and Khama Billiat all found the back of the net for the Amakhosi, who were guilty of squandering a number of chances before turning on the style with 30 minutes left to play in additional time, but Middendorp does not feel the need to single out certain players.

‘You will not get any comment I will make in front of a camera talking about certain players that they have not scored or they did not use the chances. I think that should not be done. We will internally… if it is needed, I personally don’t need it, it’s in my memory, in my mental muscles which moments you’re talking about,’ Middendorp told SuperSport TV after the game.

‘But it is like this. Sometimes strikers, defenders you can name them, there is a run [where] it doesn’t work out. We’re not scoring at a certain time, good it is not for somebody to be blamed. It’s just a team effort at the end of the day and we have qualified, that’s it.

‘From the dominance… our biggest opponent was in our own team, we can describe it and talk about it, but I think everybody knows what I mean.’