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Ernst Middendorp baffled by Kaizer Chiefs' goalkeeping woes

1:52 PM GMT+4 25/02/2019
Ernst Middendorp, Kaizer Chiefs
The Amakhosi mentor has had to deal with costly errors from his goalkeeping department which has baf

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp admittingly has been left frustrated with the club’s recent goalkeeping woes.

Ever since the club’s No.1 Itumeleng Khune was ruled out with injury, Chiefs’ German tactician has been left to lament several costly errors.

With Virgil Vries having proved to be a liability in between the stick, Chiefs then opted to bring on board Daniel Akpeyi as they looked to find an adequate replacement for Khune.

However, Akpeyi too has not been immune from mistakes, as this weekend Chiefs again dropped points, this time against Polokwane City, with the Nigerian responsible for the Rise and Shine’s equaliser.

“Actually, if I could have an explanation for it as to why we conceded such goals against Sundowns, against Cape Town City and again today, I would. This can’t be explained,” Middendorp was quoted as saying by Phakaaathi .

“This is irritating … of course it is not comfortable for us to concede a goal in such a way. I didn’t see any other possibility for Polokwane (to score) and we scored two goals today,” he added.

Although the 60-year-old has been left frustrated, he will continue to show faith in Akpeyi.

Middendorp has also confirmed that while Akpeyi will be used in the league, second choice keeper Bruce Bvuma will be utilised in the Nedbank Cup.

“We observe (the goalkeepers) during the week and we will see … Daniel is our keeper in the Premiership (games) and Bruce is for the Nedbank Cup,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Middendorp was certainly not pleased with the 1-1 draw against Polokwane City.

“The result didn’t reflect the game. We started well and definitely had more possibilities to score goals. We got disturbed and distracted by conceding that equaliser. We pushed again for the winner but it was not to be,” he concluded.