Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says
Hendrick Ekstein is in the prime of his career and can be a real force for the
club as an attacking player.
Ekstein made a key mistake in last Saturday's Premiership
clash against Orlando Pirates which caused Thembinkosi Lorch's equaliser in the
The match ended 1-1.
However, Middendorp takes the view that mistakes happen in
football and that Ekstein is a forward he relies upon to do the business.
"Hendrick is an outstanding player.
He's not a youngster anymore. He's 28 if I'm not mistaken, and this is
definitely somebody who can carry a team with his ideas and the stuff he's regularly
doing," said the head coach.
"But it [mistakes] happens, unfortunately. What could
we do? We could have corrected it, and that's part of the team's work. We could
have closed the space and be a bit more alert and nothing would have happened.
"It's unfortunate that it happened but, for me, he's an
outstanding player and one of the best I've ever worked with."
The Bekkersdal-born star has made 15 Premiership appearances
in 2018/19, managing one league goal along the way.