Ernst Middendorp refuses to discuss Kaizer Chiefs' trophy drought


Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp refused to dwell on their chance of ending the club’s trophy drought and quickly shifted focus to Golden Arrows.

Chiefs are well on course to conclude the club’s longest ever barren run since 10 May 2015, when they last lifted the Absa Premiership trophy in Port Elizabeth.

This time, they could bag the Nedbank Cup after dismantling Chippa United with a 4-2 victory to reach the final on May 18 scheduled for Durban’s Moses Mabhida.

But, despite the jubilation of an impressive display and victory over the weekend, Middendorp refused to dwell on the opportunity of making history for the club, while insisting that whatever happened in the past plays no part in his job.

“We’re here, we definitely have reached the final, and football is not really a complex game of playing in the past or with heroes, or playing from history,” said Middendorp.

“That’s always what we pump into our own muscle memory each and every day. What happened in the past, with former coaches or runs in a season and achieving something or whatever, it’s not what’s important for us.

“What’s important for us is now to prepare for the next game against Golden Arrows so that we get a better position in the league, and I don’t really have time to think about what was in the last years; it’s not my duty or what I get paid for.

“I’m looking into what happened [on Saturday] and then forward to what we still have to do.”

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