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Ernst Middendorp: Kaizer Chiefs made things difficult for themselves against The Magic

2:29 AM GMT+8 18/02/2019
Ernst Middendorp Kaizer Chiefs December 2018
The German tactician believes that Amakhosi should have wrapped up the match in regulation time

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp felt that his charges made things difficult for themselves during their clash with The Magic on Sunday.

The Soweto giants booked their place in the quarter-finals after securing a hard-fought 3-0 victory over the ABC Motsepe League side in extra-time at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

“First of all it is our obligation to work it out and qualify for the last eight,” Middendorp on SuperSport TV.

Amakhosi were frustrated by The Magic defence which was marshaled by the man of the match Tshepiso Tlhapi in regulation time.

"Compliment to the spirit of the opponent to fight until the last second to work hard defensively. Of course, we made it difficult for ourselves, I don’t want to comment on the execution of certain opportunities," he continued.

However, extra-time goals from Daniel Cardoso, Philani Zulu, and Khama Billiat handed Amakhosi the victory.

"I think during the first half and in particular the second half there were moments where we should have scored to make it an easier 90 minutes. In the end, we have qualified and I’m very happy about it," he explained.

“You will not get any comment I will make in front of a camera talking about certain players that they have not scored or they did not use the chances. I think that should not be done," he said.

"We will internally... if it is needed, I personally don’t need it, it’s in my memory, in my mental muscles I which moments you’re talking about," Middendorp added.

“But it is like this. Sometimes strikers, defenders you can name them there is a run [where] it doesn’t work out. We’re not scoring at a certain time, good it is not for somebody to be blamed," he said.

"It’s just a team effort at the end of the day and we have qualified, that’s it," he concluded.