Chiefs were pegged further back in their hopes of resurrecting their title challenge as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Rise and Shine at the Peter Mokaba Stadium last Saturday.
Amakhosi took the lead through a Daniel Cardoso penalty on the 15-minute mark, only to concede six minutes later through goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi’s error between the sticks.
The Nigerian shotstopper, who arrived at the club on transfer deadline day a few weeks ago, committed a howler as he allowed Walter Musona’s shot from distance to creep underneath his hands and body and into goal.
This was certainly not the first blunder by a Chiefs keeper this season, with Virgil Vries having since been relegated from the playing squad due to similar displays of misjudgement.
As such the German coach has expressed his frustration at the frequent occurrences of such costly mistakes and felt in retrospect that his side basically scored both the goals in the match.
“If I had an explanation for why we conceded these [soft] goals against Sundowns, Cape Town City or today again, I would give you an answer,” bemoaned Middendorp.
“But this is unexplainable, it’s just irritating and not comfortable for all of us [to deal with]. I think to concede in such a way, I didn’t see any other opportunities for Polokwane City.
“With all due respect, we scored two goals.”