Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp was delighted with what the two friendly matches at the weekend offered him ahead of his side’s return to domestic action with the Telkom Knockout opening round on Saturday away to Cape Town City.
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Speaking to the media, the coach singled out six players overall, but lamented the missed opportunity to see at least two of them in action. Siyabonga Ngezana and Happy Mashiane received call-ups to travel with the U/23 team to Egypt for a friendly match in Cairo, but the coach did give fringe players Kabelo Mahlasela, Philani Zulu, Kgotso Moleko and Njabulo Blom a run against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Shell Helix Ultra Cup and the Macufe Cup.
“I am happy to have seen some players who are normally not regulars like Philani Zulu, Kabelo Mahlasela, Kgotso Moleko and Njabulo Blom, again playing and performing in a very productive way,” Middendorp told journalists.
The German mentor sounded annoyed that Mashiane had been called up so soon after a long term injury that has sidelined him for more than six months.
“Happy Mashiane was called up to Egypt and is there probably running around. I would have loved to see Siyabonga Ngezana. He played well against Arrows because we have used the same combination for most of the eight games,” the coach explained.