Absa Premiership

Middendorp on 10-day match gap and Billiat's availability

2019-11-28 12:09
Ernst Middendorp
Ernst Middendorp (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp is not too concerned that Amakhosi's next fixture is only in 10-days time.

Following their emphatic 4-0 win over Stellenbosch at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening, the Glamour Boys will now have to wait till Saturday, December 7 for their next clash against Bloemfontein Celtic.

However, Middendorp is not bothered and believes it will give certain players, who are nursing injuries, time to heal.

One of those players are star forward Khama Billiat who was replaced at half-time on Wednesday night as he looked to aggrieve his hamstring.

"A lot of people are talking and talking about whatever, it is a fact that we have our next game on December 7," Middendorp said in his post-match interview with the media.

"If you have some players like Kearyn Baccus too, it is not only Khama, he also comes from an injury, we played him intentionally only 45 minutes on Sunday and he needs one or two days more recovery time and we can give him (that).

"I don't know actually how it is in the moment with Khama Billiat, but it will definitely be a close job to do to get him into the game on December 7, but I believe we have the options coming in replacing and that is what I am always highlighting.

"I know we have a certain number of key and core players no doubt about it, but I know we put a lot of attention into the daily preparations.

"Each and everybody has the right, and when I see in a week a player is preparing himself and wants to play and we have a number of players still outside, not really being part of our doing match day by match day."

He added: "I believe (in) Dumisani coming in to replace Khama to get into a specific situation and the initiative was quite effective, that is how we deal with it."

Chiefs are comfortably leading the Absa Premiership table after 12 games (31-points) - 10 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat – as they seek to claim their first major trophy since the 2014/15 season.

Current champions Mamelodi Sundowns are trailing Amakhosi by 10-points (currently on 21-points) but have again in hand.

Meanwhile, the Premiership will take a short festive season break with the last matches of the year set to be played on the weekend of the 20-22 December.


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