Ernst Middendorp refuses to rule Kaizer Chiefs out of league title race


Chiefs remained seven points adrift of log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns after they played to a stalemate with SuperSport United last Friday evening.

Currently in seventh position with just six games to play, many would have ruled Amakhosi out of the running by now, just as defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele has previously done.

But, despite drawing with fifth-placed Matsatsantsa over the weekend, Middendorp refuses to conclude their chances in the race as he pointed out some tough battles that remain for the front-runners.

“I said if we won [on Friday] it would have been a chance to get closer, but you know at the same time that Orlando Pirates is going to play Black Leopards [next week Friday, March 29] – they’re not winning there easily,” said Middendorp.

“Orlando Pirates must also still play Bidvest [Wits] and, if I’m not mistaken, they still play Sundowns before the end of the season. So, they [title rivals] still have to play each other.

“We [Chiefs and SuperSport], as two teams sitting a little bit behind, played to a draw but at the same time, if they deliver draws and we’re able to win our games, that’s good.

“But, let’s wait and see. Actually, we look from game-to-game and our next big target now, of course, is the cup game on March 31, to do everything to be well prepared to bring a performance and be successful.”