Ernst Middendorp: Why Kaizer Chiefs won't rely only on their experienced players

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The German mentor was pleased with their discipline as they marched on to the Nedbank semi-finals on Sunday afternoon

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp was delighted to reach the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup after beating Cape Town City 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.

On the other hand, the coach has explained why he opted for young players instead of the tried and tested campaigners such as Willard Katsande.

“Yeah, we organised ourselves quite well and I know it’s not easy when you have a lead at half time and you make changes,” Middendorp told SuperSport TV.

“But it was necessary, and with our three defence line - wide left and right, they didn’t use it in the first half and I was worried about it,” he said.

“We wanted better cover in the second half and to give input, of course much better cover on the left and right. We were waiting for the long ball, I think even in the first half we wasted some chances,” he responded.

The Soweto giants dominated the proceedings, not allowing the Citizens time on the ball. 

“Second half was similar, we wasted some four against two and four against three moments. So we could have made it a little bit easier, but a huge compliment to everybody who was part of this journey so far. Preparing the game and executing the game, and of course, it takes quite a clear assessing and moving to the next game against Baroka next Saturday,” he continued.

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“We are in a process, fortunately, I have been in this business, researching a lot about it and try to do what will work,” he responded.

“As I said before, we need experience, we need Rama (Ramahlwe Mphahlele), we need Katsande and Bernard (Parker), but too much experience doesn’t work. You become automatic and everybody knows what's coming. It’s inspiring for everybody, for Bernard and Willard, the players and they realised I must work and do a little bit more,” said the German.

“I am 100% convinced that without the other guys like Bernard and Katsande it doesn’t work, but the other guys like (Dumisani) Zuma, Dax, (Siphosakhe) Ntiya-Ntiya and Bruce (Bvuma) as a goalkeeper, I think they have a value,” he concluded.

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