Middendorp: Chiefs’ exit door is open

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has said he will not stand in the way of fringe players wanting to leave the club during the current transfer window.

Chiefs are expected to announce the departure of midfielder James Kotei in the coming days as they look to make room for new signing Anthony Akumu.

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Kotei arrived at the start of the season on a free transfer from Tanzanian giants Simba SC but failed to settle into the side and establish himself ahead of his competition and, as a result, the 26-year-old Ghanaian is currently on the hunt for a new club.

The likes of Siphelele Ntshangase and Lorenzo Gordinho have also been starved of game-time this season and have been linked with potential moves away from Naturena, as was Kabelo Mahlasela, who has joined Polokwane City on loan.

Middendorp has also given an indication that the door remains open to players who feel they need to go elsewhere for more minutes, provided that the team remains balanced.

“We always will respect each and everybody if there is a situation that a player wants to change in order to get game-time, and he sees that he can get it in another PSL team,” commented Middendorp.

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“There’s always these discussions, and we always respect it, but we also have to look into whether we have enough balance with other players being in the squad; can we agree about it or not.

“This is definitely a procedure that’s going on in the moment behind closed doors, but decisions are still being made.”

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