Kaizer Chiefs left to fight for top-eight berth


Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp was irked by yet another flat performance from his side and admitted they now need to fight for a top-eight spot.

Chiefs stretched their unbeaten run in the league to five matches when they suffered their eighth Absa Premiership defeat of the season to Bloemfontein Celtic on the weekend.

A lone goal by Ndumiso Mabena saw Celtic break into the top half of the table and to within just one point of seventh-placed Chiefs, with two rounds of fixtures remaining.

Middendorp once again bemoaned his lacklustre start to the match as they found themselves trailing for the third time in their last five matches in all competitions.

“In the last few weeks, we’ve made it difficult for ourselves in these moments [when having to come from behind] and it’s definitely something that’s not acceptable,” said Middendorp.

“But we’ll have to work on it, and now we’re looking forward to the next game against Free State Stars [this coming weekend].”

The German tactician also admitted to the risk of falling out of the top-eight and thus highlighted the need to turn their form around, while also building up towards the Nedbank Cup final in three weeks’ time.

“We have to be very concentrated, which I said before the game as well, we need the points to consolidate our position in the top-eight by the end of the season,” said Middendorp.

“That is what we are looking for, plus to prepare ourselves for the cup [final].”