Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp
expressed his irritation with some fans after they started chanting that
Itumeleng Khune should be playing against Cape Town City.
Chiefs beat City 2-1 on Tuesday night at Newlands Stadium but had to
come from a goal behind after Kermit Erasmus' first half strike which
beat Daniel Akpeyi at his near post.
Middendorp rang the changes at half-time as he brought on Kearyn
Baccus for Lazarous Kambole, and it made all the difference as the
playmaker took control of the midfield.
The German explained his tactical changes which led to goals for
Daniel Cardoso and Baccus after the break, though he was unhappy with
fans' demands to change Akpeyi for Khune.
He told SuperSport TV: "We are happy to win the three points.
"I think it was a difficult start for us. Coming out of an intense
game on Saturday and you could see at the beginning we didn't really
find a way in to the game. In the end, hopefully nobody has another
opinion, but it was a fully deserved three points for us.
"We had a bit of an issue in terms of receiving possession from the
back. We started to hit the ball long and we did not really have
movement off the ball. It was not working as it should be. We brought
Kearyn (Baccus) on, a good passer and receiver of the ball in to this
position and I think then we moved up a gear. He was also available, not
only because he scored the goal but that he brings a certain quality to
"I think when you see this team in this year, from the beginning and
you compare it to the team we had last year, I don't think there is a
comparison in terms of commitment and focus. We did a lot of work in
bringing players back to their full capacity. Players like Erick and
Lebogang (Manyama) they are still coming back to their full capacity.
"I'm a little bit irritated about some things coming out from the
group. I'm really asking that people be fair. It can't be that after
five minutes, we are asking Khune, Khune, Khune.
"Khune will get his time after the bench and I think people need to
show a bit more respect. No, there was loud shouting from the fans
after five minutes, that's what I mean. We should not be too irritated.
But you know in German we say, Stoppen Sie den Anfang. Stop the
beginning. But that is what I wanted to say. But besides that it was
huge, fantastic support.
"There's definitely never an ending in terms of working in terms of
positioning in terms of being flexible. We might put Bernard Parker in
the left-back position. We are asking our players to be flexible. We are
asking our players to cover each other. At the moment it's going good."