Middendorp predicts upward trajectory

Posted: 16 January 2019 Time: 17:30

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp is optimistic the tide will soon begin to shift for The Glamour Boys as he sets his sights on maximum points against AmaZulu this evening.

Chiefs have already made some improvement since Middendorp’s arrival, following the departure of Giovanni Solinas at the start of December last year.

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Amakhosi have since suffered just two defeats while winning four in the German’s six games in charge, while they have only conceded four goals and scored 11.

They also managed a stunning victory over Absa Premiership title rivals and log leaders Bidvest Wits a week ago, cutting their gap from 12 points to nine points, with 13 games to play.

This evening they visit a stubborn Usuthu side that has yet to taste defeat at home, but also boast a 21-game unbeaten record against the Durban-based outfit.

“We are here to play a very tricky AmaZulu team,” Middendorp told his club’s website upon arrival in Durban. 

“We are looking forward to playing good football and get a result. It’s going to be an intense game, but we are focused and ready for them.  We are looking for maximum points in every match we play."

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The former Maritzburg United mentor has also identified some key elements that his charges ought to be wary off, pinpointing the individual quality of Bongi Ntuli and Nhlanhla Vilakazi.

“We looked at AmaZulu especially their recent games at home. They have key players to watch,” he noted.

“We have to watch Ntuli and Vilakazi, because they can be dangerous if not marked.”

Nonetheless, Middendorp believes there are plenty of promising signs in his team’s performances and is confident of an upturn of momentum in the coming games.

“We are seeing lots of improvement in our game. The players are getting the message of what we want to achieve. It’s a matter of time before we start seeing a steady but upward movement in our trajectory,” concluded the 60-year-old.

Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)

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