Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp’s absence at the launch of the Carling Black Label Cup on Tuesday has been explained.
Special guest, ex-Arsenal striker Ian Wright, was flanked by Shaun Bartlett as the Amakhosi representative, while Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates sent head coach Micho Sredojevic to the event.
Middendorp’s whereabouts led to speculation on social media over the future of the coach at Naturena, especially following a horror 2018/19 season.
But his non-appearance has since been clarified.
“He is around. The invite that was extended to us as a club was for the captain and the assistant coach. That is why I am here and not the coach, but unfortunately I don’t think their (Pirates) assistant coaches are in the country due to post-season trips or for whatever reason,” Bartlett told the media.
Although there has yet to be a formal statement from Chiefs with regards to whether Middendorp is staying on, the German does still have two years remaining on his contract and it is thought that the changes at the club will be to aid him rather than to search for a replacement.