Ernst Middendorp explains Kaizer Chiefs rotation


Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has explained the reason behind his rotation of players in recent games.

In their last three games, Chiefs have had a total of 11 changes to their starting line-up, with five coming against Golden Arrows and six against Bloemfontein Celtic at the weekend.

This has drawn plenty of criticism from the club’s supporters, who have had to watch on as their side strung together a five-game winless run in the Absa Premiership.

Amakhosi are also at risk of falling out of the top-eight, having collected just three points of a possible 15, as they remain in seventh position on the current log standings.

However, Middendorp has since defended the reason for the rotation as he highlights the potential risk of injuries to some players that have not got the legs to play as often as games have been coming.

“Regarding the changes, Reeve is cramping after 75 minutes, we saw it on Tuesday – he comes out of a 10-month absence, I couldn’t bring him in [because] it’s not possible to recover in three days,” explained Middendorp.

“’Dax’ – we saw on Tuesday with his 14km [distance covered], if I brought him in for another full 90 minutes, there will be an issue or a problem because he only started playing against Cape Town City, so that’s why he didn’t play.

“Khama Billiat – it was not possible, it’s too risky. So, now we are moving to find players in the right performance level, and there are still a lot of other players coming from injury.

“This is what happens when you’re dealing with these moments, we have a lot of players – starting with Rama [Mphahlele] – they are not at their best at the moment, because December, January and February they were not at all in the team.

“They recently came in and now you have to ask them to play three games in one week.”

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