Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp
has pointed to his side's performances against Q3 winners Cape Town City
as evidence for their improvement in the last quarter.
With 15 points collected from their last eight games, Chiefs finished
narrowly behind Supersport United and Cape Town City, who amassed 16
points, in the race for the Q-innovation award, which saw City bag the
R1,5 million prize on goal difference.
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said yesterday that Chiefs would be the
team to watch next season after convincingly brushing aside Benni
McCarthy's City 2-0 on Sunday to book a place in the Nedbank Cup
Indeed, Amakhosi have outplayed City in all three encounters between
the sides this season but were desperately unlucky to lose 1-0 in
January courtesy of a Virgil Vries mistake despite being on the front
foot throughout the game. If it were not for this error, as well as
Daniel Akpeyi's in the 1-1 draw with Polokwane, Middendorp's side would
have emerged as Q3 winners.
"In the last eight [Absa Premiership] games, first is Cape Town City,
second is SuperSport United - [both] with 16 points, and third is
Kaizer Chiefs with 15 points,” Middendorp told Kickoff.
"Now consider that Cape Town City and SuperSport have been working
since the beginning of the season with the same build-up and producing
something over pre-season [with the same coach].
"We have not had this opportunity and you know our issues [with
goalkeeping mistakes] in certain moments, why we don’t have five or six
points more - I don’t have to repeat it."