Middendorp vents after surprise Kaizer Chiefs loss

Middendorp vents after surprise Kaizer Chiefs loss
Ernst Middendorp, coach of Kaizer Chiefs

by Staff Reporter

Monday Nov 25, 2019. 11:00

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp feels there was an element of complacency from his side in their surprise Telkom Knockout semifinal loss to Maritzburg United on Sunday.

Chiefs were expected to reach the final, but were thoroughly outplayed by a United side who should have registered victory by a larger margin, but spurned numerous easy chances.

Maritzburg now advance to a final meeting with Mamelodi Sundowns in Durban on December 14.

“I warned my players not to underestimate Maritzburg, but I think some of them were already looking forward to a showdown next month with Sundowns,” Middendorp told reporters.

“Maritzburg deserved to win and we had defensive issues, even when we outnumbered our opponents three to one in some situations.”

United coach Eric Tinkler, who lifted the trophy with Cape Town City in 2016, pulled no punches in his assessment of the game.

“Chiefs were there for the taking and we should have slaughtered them. A victory by five or six goals would not have flattered us,” he said.

“Now we face Sundowns and I have told my players that if they want to be the best they have to beat the best.”

Maritzburg have only ever made one cup final before, losing 1-0 to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup decider in 2018.

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