Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp
says his medical department advised him to rest Samir Nurkovic,
Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya, Reeve Frosler, and George Maluleka last weekend.
Amakhosi beat Mamelodi Sundowns 4-2 in the Shell Helix Ultra Cup
final at FNB Stadium on Saturday, before a 2-0 defeat to Bloemfontein
Celtic in the Macufe Cup the following day.
Nurkovic, Ntiya-Ntiya, Frosler, and Maluleka all watched on from the
sidelines as they continued their respective recoveries from injury.
The decision seems to have panned out nicely for Chiefs as all four
men will be available for the Telkom Knockout last-16 clash with Cape
Town City at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
"We definitely had a long chat on Friday, late afternoon at FNB to
say, 'How advisable is it to bring George, Reeve, Samir, and
Ntiya-Ntiya?'," Middendorp told the press on Wednesday.
"The medical department said it was a risk. They said if they can get
another four, five days' training, starting now, we can have an input
in terms of loading.
"We decided not to use them in those matches and today they can go
into full training sessions, meaning they will be available for
selection on Saturday."
Kick-off is at 15:00.