Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has declared himself
content with the club's pre-season but admits their preparations have been
disrupted by the absence of key players.
Amakhosi have been gearing up for their clash with Township
Rollers on Saturday minus several of their first-team stars, with the absentees
currently resting up following a gruelling AFCON campaign in Egypt.
However, Middendorp was quick to point out that several
players would be returning from a long-term injury.
"We find ourselves with some of our key players missing
due to their duty in the AFCON tournament," Middendorp told the club's
"We are not complaining but it is a challenge for us
preparing for the new season without some of the guys.
"For instance, we needed Daniel Cardoso and 'Rama'
Mphahlele, because we were working on our defensive stuff."
He continued: "We have been working hard for the past
few days and I'm happy with the response from some of the players.
"It is good that we do not have any serious injuries
and some of the guys who were injured last season are on their way back to full
And, Middendorp remains hopeful that more of his first-team
stars will link up with the squad ahead of Saturday's friendly in Botswana.
He said: "We have been keeping in touch with the
technical and medical teams of the various national teams to check on our
players and so far, there are no injury worries.
"We hope more players will join us soon and will be
with us when we travel to Botswana on Friday."