'Middendorp tried to kill me mentally'

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Ex-Kaizer Chiefs striker David Radebe has hit back at Ernst Middendorp for saying he only performed for Amakhosi in Soweto Derbies.

In a story published by this website on February 28, Middendorp said Radebe only raised his game when Chiefs played against Orlando Pirates.

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Radebe played under Middendorp during the German's first stint with Amakhosi in 2005/06 before they had a fallout.

Check out Radebe in Soweto Derby action in the gallery above...

"Is that what he says? He didn't play me that much," Radebe tells KickOff.com.

"I don't really know why he preferred to play me in Derbies, that was my problem with him. He is also aware of that. When he arrived he found me performing very well in Soweto Derbies. I think I've only lost once in a Derby.

"But I played well in all the games, not just in the Derby. If you gave me game-time I would perform. He didn't play me that much you see.

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"Maybe not seeing eye to eye between me and him is something that started at the gym, and you know Middendorp is the strict kind, once you make one mistake he gets cross with you forever. He will never play you again. That's his problem.

"But I won't be able to say much regarding that issue, it's between me and him as it happened at training.

"Yes it's true, during Derbies I made no mistake, it's something I enjoyed a lot the Derby. I always wanted to perform and not disappoint the supporters because I knew the Derby to them is a big thing. But I was playing well in all the games, even during the days of Ted Dumitru.

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"Actually he [Middendorp] is the first coach not to play me. To be honest, he's got his own players like any other coach. If he is not feeling you... like any coach, you know if a coach is not feeling you he will wait for you to make a mistake and remove you from his team.

"Ja and then the next game he will put you in for maybe 15 minutes just to kill you mentally. If the team is not doing well, he will put you in. But when it's doing well, he don't play you. You know those kind of coaches.

"Yes, he is a good coach, but I don't know what is his problem exactly. He is a good coach though."

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