Ernst sends clear message for Derby

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has commented on the issue of players raising their hands for selection ahead of the Soweto Derby and says it’s no headache.

Chiefs have found a certain rhythm that has allowed them to continue with their good form despite Middendorp shuffling things around as he did against Chippa United in midweek.

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The likes of Bruce Bvuma, Siyabonga Ngezana, Kgotso Moleko, Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya and Dumisani Zuma all got a rare start against The Chilli Boys and still managed to earn a 2-0 victory in Port Elizabeth.

With key members such as Daniel Akpeyi, Erick Mathoho, Yagan Sasman, Lebogang Manyama and Khama Billiat having been rested, the German has insisted he faces no selection headache ahead of this afternoon but welcomes the depth within his squad.

“It’s nothing to do with headache, unfortunately. I think it’s very good if players come into the party with their performances,” said Middendorp.

“[Selection] is definitely something we take game by game, and of course our game against the opponent from last Saturday was important.

“We had to analyse the game in detail, and you go into your own ideas and mistakes – what was good and what was not so good, and then we find the right combinations.”

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Asked whether he would be changing his approach for the league encounter against Orlando Pirates following their knockout fixture last weekend, Middendorp said: “I don’t see the difference in terms of knockout or in terms of league game, it’s the next game and we have to win it; we want to win it.

“It’s certain mentality we are using for some months now, and it’s not so important whether it’s a cup or a league game so we don’t approach it in a different way.”

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