Ernst Middendorp, coach of Kaizer Chiefs
Thursday Jan 24, 2019. 13:00
Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp insists he will select a strong team for this weekend’s Nedbank Cup clash against minnows Tornado FC.
The Soweto giants will play a sixth match in the space of 22 days when they head to the Sisa Dukashe Stadium for the last 32 tie on Saturday afternoon.
Yet despite their congested schedule of late, Middendorp insists he will not be tempted into making wholesale changes to his starting XI.
“I think we’ll be sending the wrong message if we try a different goalkeeper and different players that have never been in the squad [in recent games],” explained the German tactician, who won the Nedbank Cup in 2006 (when it was still known as the Absa Cup).
“This will already show that we take the match lightly, and we don’t. Of course, we have some players who at the moment we need to clean up with a little bit.
“One player is definitely not available for us – Mario Booysen, for example, is getting some specific treatment on an issue he’s had for several weeks.
“Of course, we are not taking him but each and everybody else that is fully available will be on the field, and we’ll send the right message by fielding the so-called ‘best XI’ and showing that we take the match seriously.
“It’s also a bit delicate to send a message to your own team by saying, ‘Oh, you take a rest today; you take a rest today; you take a rest today.’ Then you’re already in a difficult situation, where the wrong message is sent even from the technical side. So, we won’t do this.”