Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has admitted their failure to finish inside the top half of the Absa Premiership table is a calamity.
Chiefs suffered a 1-0 defeat away to Chippa United in their final clash on Saturday and subsequently dropped out of the top eight, due to results elsewhere in the country.
It also marks a historically poor campaign as they recorded their lowest points total, most defeats and least number of victories in the PSL era, as well as their lowest goal difference since the league was reduced to 16 teams in 2002.
Reflecting on the result, Middendorp cited several reasons he felt his charges were unable to pick up the desired result.
“We could have played for another two hours and still not score. We started very well, and you could see our intentions from the first whistle,” stated the German on his club’s website.
“You can point at several factors that changed the game and looking back to say we should have done much better.
“I noticed that after Chippa’s player Tebogo Makobela sustained a severe injury, players lost focus. I noticed that they pulled away from getting stuck in.
“Still, we got numerous chances and we had a big penalty appeal at some point.”
Middendorp, however, is wary of dropping their heads ahead of this weekend’s all-important Nedbank Cup final, though cannot hide from the facts of their final league outcome.
“We have to regroup quickly and find the right atmosphere going into the next match. It is no use at this stage to dwell on what happened,” he added.
“It goes without saying that we didn’t qualify for the top eight and that’s a disaster for a club of Chiefs’ magnitude and expectations. It’s a huge disappointment.”