Kaizer Chiefs have announced the appointment of Ernst Middendorp for a second stint at the club.
The Amakhosi made the surprise call on Friday night, just a few hours after stating that they had terminated the contract of Italian mentor Giovanni Solinas.
German coach Middendorp was in charge of the Amakhosi from 2005-2007, during which they won the SAA Supa 8 tournament.
“Kaizer Chiefs can confirm the appointment of Ernst Middendorp as the new head coach on a deal for two and a half years. Welcome back to the Amakhosi Family,” Chiefs announced on their Twitter account on Friday.
The 60-year-old Middendorp has had a long association with South African football, having also been at the helm of Maritzburg United, Golden Arrows, Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United.