JOHANNESBURG – While his troops may have come second best in the pre-season’s major tests, Kaizer Chiefs’ coach Ernst Middendorp believes the next few days will give his team a chance to fine tune their last preparations for the new term.
Once known as “Cup Kings of South African Football”, Amakhosi are enduring a dismal state in that regard, with their trophy cabinet having garnered dust in the last four seasons.
Having found themselves in a situation that could be described as a second chance for a fresh start considering the disappointing outings of last term, Chefs’ technical team and players have somewhat endured a roller-coaster of responses towards the gesture. You see, Amakhosi’s pre-season performance was supposed to set a tone for the term.
However, their results have been unsatisfactory, losing 2-1 to Botswana giants Township Rollers early this month. This was worsened by a sour defeat to sworn enemies Orlando Pirates in the Carling Black Label Cup at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
With six days before Chiefs get their 2019/2020 Premiership season underway against Highlands Park at Makhulong Stadium, the German tactician has backed his team to have hit full strides.