It might still be early days for Kaizer Chiefs' new coach Ernst Middendorp, but the players are certainly relishing the opportunity to work with him.
Amakhosi recently parted ways with Giovanni Solinas, less than six months after he began his tenure at Naturena.
However, with results not forthcoming and Chiefs having been eliminated from both the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout Cups, the Chiefs management had no other choice but to pull the trigger as both the Italian-born mentor and his assistant Patrick Mabedi were given the boot.
Nonetheless, Middendorp has subsequently returned to try and steer the Amakhosi ship in the right direction, and while not all the fans were pleased by the appointment, the players seem to be excited by the arrival of the German mentor.
“The coach has been here before, he won two or three cups here,” Chiefs’ veteran Bernard Parker was quoted as saying at a press conference held on Monday.
Middendorp has worked previously for Maritzburg United, Chippa United, Golden Arrows, Free State Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic in South Africa, while he has also enjoyed notable stints in Germany among other countries.
“The coach has done well with other teams in the PSL and he has coached at the highest level in the Bundesliga – one of the big leagues in world football,” Parker continued.
Meanwhile, Middendorp’s first order of business will be to help his new team to glory against a tricky SuperSport United side.
Matsatsantsa will be desperate to bounce back following defeat to Sundowns in the Tshwane Derby, but George Maluleka is confident that Amakhosi will collect all the three points.
“The spark of energy that we’ve had has been amazing. I’m confident about this match on Wednesday and I’m looking forward to it,” George Maluleka said.
“The games are coming thick and fast. We want to make sure that we close [the year] on a positive note,” he concluded.