Middendorp hints at early Chiefs exit?


Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has hinted that he may not be around at the club for much longer while he was discussing the future of midfielder Nkosingiphile Ngcobo.

Middendorp seemed to have suggested that the development of Ngcobo, who he has openly admitted to being a massive fan of on numerous occasions, may be in someone else’s hands.

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The 20-year-old has missed the past eight-and-a-half months of action after suffering an Achilles rupture in just his second appearances for Chiefs back in April.

Having since recovered and returned to action with the Amakhosi reserve side in the Multichoice Diski Challenge, the German was asked about his readiness for a long-awaited return to the senior side and gave a rather ambiguous response.

“I watched him playing the last match [against Orlando Pirates] at Dobsonville, where he played 90 minutes and I could see with the game going into the second-half that he needs more time to recover,” said Middendorp.

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“I like him, I absolutely think he has a lot of potential that will help us in future ­– [possibly] during this season even, but definitely on the medium term for Kaizer Chiefs, whoever is in charge.”

Middendorp joined Chiefs in December last year on a two-and-a-half-year deal but was heavily linked with an exit at the end of last season, following a horrendous finish in both the league and Nedbank Cup.

It is unclear what the coach meant by “medium term”, although this can widely be regarded as a matter of months rather than the year-and-a-half that remains on his contract.

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Given that he continues to have his differences with management, perhaps this could be the 61-year-old’s final season with the Glamour Boys before he decides to move on in his career.

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