It was out of character, and Ernst Middendorp admitted as much, the Kaizer Chiefs coach saying he was “inspired” in his rhetoric to Baroka FC owners following Amakhosi’s narrow 1-0 win at home against Bakgaga on Saturday.
The German was surprisingly full of praise for his counterpart Wedson Nyirenda, a former Chiefs striker in his heyday, after the game.
A question was put to Nyirenda about whether he feared for his job given how quickly clubs swing the axe in the Premier Soccer League.
Two weeks ago three coaches were fired one after the other in the Absa Premiership.
“If you can’t see how far Baroka have come then you have a challenge in your own club,” Middendorp interjected after Nyirenda had given his own defiant response.
“I know you didn’t ask me this question, but I was inspired to make this comment. Baroka have a chance to achieve something. Yes, coaches get blamed but sometimes you have to look into your own structure, how the team is playing, how they are progressing – sometimes it’s not all about the results.”
Baroka, who are in eleventh place on the table after seven matches, are away to another struggling side in Maritzburg United tomorrow night.