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Middendorp: I Hope It Doesn’t Take Me Three Years

Following Kaizer Chiefs’ 3-2 win over Highlands Park in an Absa Premiership clash at the weekend, coach Ernst Middendorp was asked if he had a timeline on when Amakhosi would be able to challenge for honours again.

The club’s only realistic chance to win a trophy this season is the Nedbank Cup, and they face in-form Cape Town City in the quarter-finals later this month. 

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“I will quote coach Pitso (Mosimane) when he said it took him three years (at Mamelodi Sundowns) to find Khama Billiat, Keagan Dolly – the right combinations. I hope it will not be so long,” Middendorp responded to the media. 

“We can do better. A lot of players were brought in to Chiefs at the start of the season and we have to see. It wasn’t just Billiat, Castro, but there were more who came in a few months ago as well like (Siphelele) Ntshangase. There are also some players who have been lost in the past like Daniel Cardoso. Let’s take all this into consideration and maybe in the second year things will be better. The pressure here at Chiefs is high, you have to win each and every game.” 

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Amakhosi haven’t won any silverware since May 2015 under then-coach Stuart Baxter, and Middendorp, whose side is currently in sixth place and eight points behind log leaders Sundowns, is expected to end the drought.

“I understand it is not about building and I am not one to talk about that nonsense. We have to win and get the points. With a good pre-season, good decisions behind closed doors we will go the right way,” the coach explained. 

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