Chiefs are currently in a promising position – nine points ahead of the chasing pack after 17 games played – to go on and lift their first Absa Premiership title in five years.
This would bring upon the end of the dark cloud hanging over the club of a five-year trophy drought while also silencing their noisy rivals who are chasing down a record 10th league title in the PSL era.
However, Middendorp has insisted that he holds a long-term vision for the club which focusses on more than just delivering the league trophy to Naturena and the Amakhosi faithful, but also the club’s overall ranking and footprint in African club competition.
“I believe it’s crucial to have a bigger frame to follow, because if you watch the rankings of the club – not only inside South Africa but in the entire parameter, it’s in position two behind Sundowns,” said Middendorp.
“I think it’s really to produce a certain sustainable situation that Kaizer Chiefs is at any time at least in the top three ranking, challenging and, of course, at any time in any season, moving into a situation to win the title.
“We said it in the beginning of the season, the job of everybody inside the club was absolutely focussed into this direction, not only for the run of this season because the club is turning 50 years old, but for the long-term to produce consistency.
“That is definitely something special for me to be part of this process of bringing the sustainable top-three position of Kaizer Chiefs in South Africa and, of course, then going on to the international business on the CAF Champions' League side.”