Middendorp relishing Downs re-match


Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp cannot wait for their upcoming clash against Mamelodi Sundowns after progressing in the Telkom Knockout.

Chiefs continued their fine form, picking up their seventh victory of the season as they overcame Cape Town City via a penalty shootout in their first round TKO tie on Saturday.

Amakhosi showed strong character as they fought back from a goal down before holding their nerve in the shootout, to win 4-2 in the end.

Middendorp gave credit to his charges for their resilience, after a missed penalty in the first half nearly cost them a place in the quarterfinals.

“It was expected to be an intense game. We knew they were going to come hard at us,” said Middendorp post-match.

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“We dominated in the initial stages of the game but I thought missing the penalty slowed us down a bit and afterwards we allowed them to come at us.

“But missing penalties is part of the game and it happens to the best in the world. Credit, though, must go to the team because we fought until the end.

“Moments later we conceded against the run of play, and it was good that we regrouped and came back strongly after making a series of changes.

“The injuries changed our game plan, but we kept the shape until we got the equaliser. The final result matters as we move to the next stage.”

But the German could not go without looking ahead to facing The Brazilians for a re-match of their recent Shell Helix Cup encounter, which ended 4-2 in favour of Chiefs, this Sunday.

“For now, it is a matter of quickly moving on to prepare for the next match. We are looking forward to the short trip across town to face Sundowns.”

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