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Chiefs’ Handicap Discussed As Gap Opens Up

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has suggested the Absa Premiership schedule for the month of January could have perhaps been better planned.

The Glamour Boys have come off a busy week in which they were involved in three league matches in nine days, and though six points out of a possible nine was not a bad return, Middendorp argued the turnaround time between facing SuperSport United, Highlands Park and Cape Town City became a “handicap”.

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Chiefs were beaten by SuperSport, then bounced back to defeat both Highlands Park and Cape Town City to go nine points clear at the top of the table.

“I am not involved in drafting the programme. But yes, there is always space for improvement,” said Middendorp, whose side do not have a midweek fixture and travel to Thohoyandou to face Black Leopards on Saturday.

“There is probably a reason for this long stretch and having games again so close to one another – maybe it is (broadcasters) SuperSport, for TV, at the end of the holidays they want to present a lot of games for publicity. I have no idea. It is definitely being a handicap to the performance and we can then see from our own players. They are not used to it, that’s for sure, despite it being normal in Europe. The block is a heavy one, mainly if you use the same players.”  

After the Leopards match on Saturday, Chiefs will then wrap up their January schedule with another away fixture, this time travelling to Golden Arrows a week later. 

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