Chiefs admit Orlando discomfort


Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has conceded that playing at rivals Orlando Pirates' home ground is proving quite uncomfortable and challenging for them.

Chiefs were drawn to play their remaining home games of the 2019/20 Absa Premiership season within the biologically safe environment at Orlando Stadium.

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This has brought about mixed reaction from the club's supporters and legends alike, though Amakhosi have gone and redecorated the changeroom in their own colours.

However, Middendorp has opened up on having to stage their home matches, including last night's 1-1 draw with Bidvest Wits, at their arch-rival's stomping ground.

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"It's strange, let me be honest. You look into it and actually everybody knows, being a rival of Orlando Pirates and you have to face the faces of the heroes of Orlando Pirates," admitted Middendorp in his post-match briefing.

"You go in [towards the changerooms], you see it on the left and you see it on the right, ja, it's not really comfortable. 

"It doesn't make you really feel at home, there's no doubt about it. It's quite a challenge."

The Glamour Boys will host three more of their remaining seven fixtures in Orlando as they look to march on towards the league title.

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