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Booing Virgil Vries will not kill his confidence, says Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp

17:21 GMT+3 19/02/2019
Virgil Vries of Kaizer Chiefs, August 2018
The Amakhosi gaffer believes the Namibian keeper will be able to deal with the pressure from the club supporters

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp expects goalkeeper Virgil Vries to handle the pressure from the supporters well.

The Namibian international stopper has come under scrutiny from the fans following a number of costly errors while in goal for Amakhosi.

"I'm really not focusing on booing players; my job is to coach the club. The supporters are there to express their emotions and they have the right to do so,” Middendorp said to the media.

The former Maritzburg United keeper made two mistakes which cost Chiefs crucial points during their league matches against Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City.

"I don't think it will kill his confidence. We are talking about a national team player for Namibia here. He has to bounce back and perform again,” concluded the German mentor.

Middendorp decided to bench Vries and give Bruce Bvuma an opportunity to start against The Magic FC in the Nedbank Cup Last 16 match on Sunday.

During the clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Bvuma went down injured and Vries was booed by the Amakhosi fans as he warmed up in case his teammate couldn't recover.

Nigerian keeper Daniel Akpeyi is expected to return to the Chiefs starting line-up when they face Polokwane City in a league clash on Saturday.

Akpeyi made his debut in the 166th Soweto Derby match against Orlando Pirates following his arrival from Chippa United on the final day of the January transfer window.

With Itumeleng Khune out injured, the onus is on both Akpeyi and Vries to own the No.1 shirt at the club, but the latter appears to be facing a tough task with Middendorp likely to continue using the Nigeria international for the remainder of the season.