Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp explains why Willard Katsande has been missing in the Amakhosi starting lineup.
“The routine on our side is that we go through the normal process of selecting players, starting the week with those who should be in the 20 and then 18-man squad,” said Middendorp.
“And we have a certain idea, and in the moment some players are in. It’s not only about one player, but some players are in while some need a bit of time to get back into it.
Kaizer Chiefs have lost points from good positions in three of their last six games in the Premiership because of goalkeeping errors. Ernst Middendorp isn’t happy.
Since Itumeleng Khune got injured at the beginning of the year Kaizer Chiefs have been having goalkeeping issues. Amakhosi coach Ernst Middendorp voiced out his frustration on the issue.
“If I had an explanation for why we conceded these [soft] goals against Sundowns, Cape Town City or today again, I would give you an answer,”
“But this is unexplainable, it’s just irritating and not comfortable for all of us [to deal with]. I think to concede in such a way, I didn’t see any other opportunities for Polokwane City.
“With all due respect, we scored two goals.”
We as supporters take for granted how important a goalkeeper is. They aren’t many outstanding goalkeepers on Itumeleng Khune’s level. Kaizer Chiefs signed Chippa United’s Daniel Akpeyi in the January transfer window. I thought that was strange because Akpeyi is a mistake-prone keeper.
Ernst Middendorp and Kaizer Chiefs’ hands are tied there isn’t much they can do about this situation. They could thrust young keeper Bvuma into the limelight but Kaizer Chiefs fans are unforgiving and should he make mistakes that cost Amakhosi points the supporters will be on his back.
Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso had nothing but criticism for Giovanni Solinas when to say when asked about the Italians 6-months as Amakhosi coach.
Daniel Cardoso was the scapegoat for Kaizer Chiefs’ frailties in defence. His defensive partnership with Ngezana was always one good cross, ball over the top, or missed slide tackle away from disaster. The defender places all the blame at the feet of former Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas.
Itumeleng Khune is injured, Virgil Vries is costing them games, should Kaizer Chiefs be looking to buy another keeper before the transfer window closes?
You can lay 75% of the blame for two of Kaizer Chiefs’ last four losses at the feet of Virgil Vries. The reserve keeper made a couple of amateur mistakes that cost Chiefs a point against Sundowns and a place in the CAF Confederations Cup against Zesco United.
Kaizer Chiefs lost 2-1 against Mamelodi Sundowns last Saturday afternoon. Even after the loss, under Ernst Middendorp, Kaizer Chiefs look like a better team than they did with Giovanni Solinas.
Amakhosi came up against league champions Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday afternoon in the first PSL game since the new year. This was supposedly billed as a title decider which was strange as both teams haven’t been at their best this season.
Sundowns started off the brightest. They scored their first goal after only 3 minutes through Anthony Laffor. Kaizer Chiefs regained their composure and got their equaliser in the 16th minute by way of a Willard Katsande stooping header. Amakhosi dominated the rest of the first stanza.