Ernst Middendorp laments Kaizer Chiefs defeat to Baroka


Chiefs plunged to the ground after soaring over Cape Town City in their Nedbank Cup quarterfinal last weekend, when they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Baroka on Saturday evening.

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Amakhosi had looked to have hit their peak under Middendorp when they waltzed past The Citizens a week earlier but were back to their old selves at the FNB Stadium last night.

The German tactician rued his side’s failure to utilise some of their key moments in front of goal and conceded that they still have a long way to go to get things right in terms of both selection and performance.

“I’m aware that it’s not really possible to get everything into the right direction in two or three months, we have a lot of work to do,” said Middendorp.

“We have to finish the season with as much points as possible and of course to get a better position in the league, and of course [do well in] the cup competition in front of us.

“Crucial moments today were, first, Philani Zulu in the first-half – you can’t get into a better position to score, I don’t know, you normally take a second touch and then put it in [the net].

“In the second-half, a crucial moment, you can’t be in a much better position as we had with Hendrick Ekstein, six seven meters from goal and then give the goalkeeper a chance. I don’t know actually, it’s a little bit irritating. But we have to work it out and move forward. 

“Everything, in terms of players, the squad and what has to be done, we’re chatting a lot behind closed doors and we’re trying to monitor and guide ourselves to get the right squad, so that something like this does not happen. Hopefully we’ll make the right decision in future.”

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