Absa Premiership

Middendorp hails Chiefs fighting spirit

2019-10-21 07:59
Ernst Middendorp
Ernst Middendorp (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp was delighted with the character shown by his side to come from behind against Cape Town City in the Telkom Knockout.

The Glamour Boys looked to be heading out of the competition in the first round, but Samir Nurkovic popped up six minutes from time to send the game to extra-time and ultimately penalties, where Chiefs came out victorious.

"I think a very entertaining event, we had a good start, missing a penalty is something definitely that is sitting on your shoulders," Middendorp told SuperSport TV.

"And to have injuries to Kearyn Baccus and Bernard Parker, we lost a spot in this period but on the other side we have shown a certain spirit, a certain attitude as a team, knowing that there is a qualified opponent on the other side," he continued.

"Coming back in the final minutes and going through extra-time, good (in a) matured manner and then taking (winning) the penalty shoot-outs, of course enjoying the event, enjoying the entertainment but on the other side, I feel a little bit sorry for the opponent. I think they have really fought for this win too, probably they could have deserved it too, but the small details decide as we have seen the final two shots after extra-time, are probably the details."

The Amakhosi mentor said he enjoyed working with the 'current bunch of winners'.

"This is the pleasure of this current bunch of winners, a team that has a certain mentality, not to give up even when we're down, okay, keep the structure, keep the gear up, good. It's not the first time (coming back from a losing position), it's several times, with a little bit (of luck) here and there, we could have made it in 90 minutes already.

"I don't want to be impolite, but I think the way of using tactical fouls, suffering two injuries not out of... the opponents were involved. Good, Benni (McCarthy) is a respectful human being and a respectful coach, I think fantastic future. But realistically it was a tough game, definitely a lot of duels and challenges but from both sides. This is a character of a cup game," he said.

 

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Highlands Park v Wits, Makhulong Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Polokwane City, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Stellenbosch v Kaizer Chiefs, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Cape Town City, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Maritzburg United v SuperSport United, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Black Leopards, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Baroka FC v Golden Arrows, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
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Polokwane City v Bloemfontein Celtic, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Cape Town City v Highlands Park, Cape Town Stadium 18:00
Black Leopards v Golden Arrows, Thohoyandou Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v Stellenbosch, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:15
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