Bobby: Nothing 'wow' about Middendorp


Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung has commented on the way coach Ernst Middendorp handles the media in the wake of recent statements.

Middendorp is known for being one of those coaches who can give you any response during interviews, which sometimes puts him in trouble.

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Recent comments questioning why Khama Billiat was called to the Zimbabwe national team when he was not fully fit and criticising out-of-favour attacking midfielder Siphelele Ntshangase did the German no favours in terms of public relations. 

"I don’t think Ntshangase is close to breaking into the starting team. He likes to pass, pass, pass, pass and then pass again. It looks nice but I’m sorry, football is about goals and results," Middendorp was quoted as saying on SAfm.

The Amakhosi coach managed to avoid more controversy when asked his opinion on Gavin Hunt's comments regarding unqualified foreign coaches being given jobs in South Africa ahead of young local coaches.

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Now Motaung, speaking in Durban at an event hosted by the eThekwini municipality, has come to the defence of their coach.

"Issues of how he handles the media, obviously we do have discussions with them but coaches are emotional," Motaung said.

"Sometimes the response comes from the challenges they are faced with, so it's normal. If you go to Europe and everywhere, coaches have got their way of responding to things.

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"We don't go into details on how we assist them with communicating, it's an ongoing thing. It's just the way football is and that's the way coaches are sometimes, there's nothing wow about it.

"It's a question of how we address it, but it's not a train smash, it's something we've dealt with. Like I said, it's an emotional game, it's normal."