JOHANNESBURG – Kaizer Chiefs’ coach Ernst Middendorp isn’t getting carried away by the plaudits he and Amakhosi have been getting.
Chiefs sit at the top of the Absa Premiership standings after an unbeaten start, collecting 10 points from four games.
SuperSport United is the only team to have stopped Amakhosi from getting maximum points this season. The man responsible for that, SuperSport’s Bradley Grobler, sat next to the German coach as they were given the Absa Premiership Player of the Month and Coach of the Month awards respectively, yesterday.
“I strongly believe that there wouldn’t be many people on May 19 (after losing the Nedbank Cup final against first division side TS Galaxy) who would have said that I would be in this position,” Middendorp said. “I strongly believe that a special thank you must go to Kaizer (Motaung) snr and Bobby (Motaung). They are some of the people who were convinced that we can go in the right direction. It’s important to mention this.”
Middendorp faced tough criticism from Chiefs fans after another barren run. Those fans weren’t just angry at the German, who came midway into the season, but their anger was fuelled by the four-season barren run that started way before Middendorp was brought in to replace Giovanni Solinas.