Absa Premiership

Middendorp calls Pirates not wanting title 'nonsense'

2020-02-28 10:52
Ernst Middendorp
Ernst Middendorp (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says it's ridiculous to think that Orlando Pirates wouldn't fight tooth and nail for the Absa Premiership title.

The Buccaneers camp have downplayed their title ambitions ahead of the all-important Soweto derby on Saturday, even though they have a chance to cut Chiefs' lead at the top of the standings to only three points.

However, Middendorp says he isn't falling for it and believes both teams will be battling until the end of the season to lift the Premiership silverware.

"I don't fall into this trap, I have heard it, that Kaizer Chiefs want the title and Pirates don't. I haven't heard more nonsense than this in the last few days!" Middendorp told the media.

"No one said eight weeks ago we have a chance of the title, now all guys say 'you have a chance for the title' - no we have a chance for three points.

"I am the last to say we don't want the title, all the players want the title, I want the title if and when we have the chance, we take the chance."

The old rivals will clash at FNB Stadium at 15:30 on Saturday.

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Fixtures
Saturday, 04 April 2020
Stellenbosch v Cape Town City, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Orlando Pirates v Baroka FC, Orlando Stadium 15:00
Chippa United v Highlands Park, Sisa Dukashe Stadium 15:00
SuperSport United v Polokwane City, Lucas Moripe Stadium 18:00
Wits v AmaZulu, Bidvest Stadium 20:15
Maritzburg United v Mamelodi Sundowns, Harry Gwala Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 05 April 2020
Bloemfontein Celtic v Kaizer Chiefs, Dr Molemela Stadium 15:00
Golden Arrows v Black Leopards, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 15:00
Wednesday, 08 April 2020
Cape Town City v Mamelodi Sundowns, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
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