Middendorp delights in TKO progression

Middendorp delights in TKO progression
Kaizer Chiefs players celebrates winning on penalties during the 2019 Telkom Knockout quarter final match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Pietermaritzburg, on 2 November 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Nov 03, 2019. 12:00

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp was delighted with his side’s progression to the Telkom Knockout semifinals in South Africa, even if they did extend their record winless run against Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates to 13 games.

The clash finished 2-2 after extra-time, with Chiefs coming through the shoot-out 4-2 as Nigerian international goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi proved the hero.

“Ja, fantastic event, quite entertaining, stretched to what is possible, what is necessary, I think we have to notify that Pirates made it difficult for us, even in a tactical way, working with [Thembinkosi] Lorch and [Gabadinho] Mhango upfront,” Middendorp said.

“We had trouble despite [being] one man more but good, we had to come back from 0-1 to take a little bit of a risk here and there.

“But that’s how it is, this derby character is always specific if you’re man short, one man more but of course, compliment to the guys, we’re happy to go to the next round.”

Chiefs have not won a trophy since picking up the league in 2015 but they are now one step closer t ending that barren run and Middendorp says that should build confidence.

“This is definitely something, the confidence, with ten games, cup games being successful, the confidence is in the faces of the guys, the mindset,” he said.

“To play one critical side in this modern game is the mindset, it’s the little details that are crucial for the outcome and at certain moments you need this confidence we worked on over a period of three-four months, good it comes to place when you’re in the penalty-shoot outs.”

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