Ernst Middendorp gives bleak Joseph Molangoane update

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Molangoane unlikely to feature for Chiefs in the c
Molangoane unlikely to feature for Chiefs in the coming weeks or months.
Molangoane last played 16 minutes on 23 April 2019
Molangoane last played 16 minutes on 23 April 2019.
The speedy wing-back has been training but is stil
The speedy wing-back has been training but is still not ready for competitive action.

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has provided an update on the status of midfielder Joseph Molangoane, and it is not good news for the player.

Chiefs this past weekend offered some rare minutes to their fringe players, who have seen minimal game-time this season and in recent months, during their two friendly fixtures against Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic.

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A notable absentee, however, was versatile attacker Molangoane, who has not seen any action since breaking his leg in August last year.

‘Tight’ suffered a second break on the same leg during their opening clash of the 2018/19 season in August last year and eventually returned to make a cameo appearance in April.

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Middendorp has since clarified the 31-year-old’s situation after it was thought that perhaps he was out of the coach’s plans, and further revealed that he was in fact the one to motivate for his recent one-year contract extension.

“It’s really, you know, I would love to see him on the field and really give him – and I’ve said it before – I believe I was very influential in terms of getting him an extension in June," explained Middendorp.

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“But we have to be very clear structured, there are too many irritations in terms of his second broken incident. Basically, at the moment, the very clear message is that currently he is not prepared to play a competitive game.

“We work on it; he is working on it individually, there’s no doubt about it, but let’s be honest – I like this player and I would like to have him in but if it’s not working and going in a way where he can be competitive then we can’t use him. That’s the status in the moment.”

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