Ernst Middendorp has recalled how he was ridiculed prior to the start of the 2018/19 season for suggesting Kaizer Chiefs would be title challengers.
Although still very early on in the campaign after just nine matches, Amakhosi find themselves top of the table and five points clear of second placed Mamelodi Sundowns, having beaten the reigning Absa Premiership champions 2-0 on Sunday.
“I was sitting in the Absa building and preparing for the league and there were people sitting in front of me when I said we are challenging for the league. I believe 98 percent were laughing and they had a smile,” Middendorp told reporters.
The German-born mentor was quick to point out that while Chiefs were not getting carried away, the league being a marathon, the way they approached the new season definitely put them on the front foot.
“We have done things in a certain direction, how to prepare and having a certain mentality. We had habits of being confident and worked on it off the field and off it. Every month, once or twice, we even have activities. We learnt from our mistakes and we got something out of it. We can’t do the same things and expect a different result. You have to be patient, it’s difficult for me, but that is part of the soccer industry,” he said.
Chiefs next game is the Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates in the quarter-finals of the Telkom Knockout at the Moses Mabhida on Saturday.