Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp
says that football is a team sport and that blaming injuries for bad
results simply does not make sense.
Chiefs were hammered 5-2 on aggregate by Zesco United over two legs
in a CAF Confederations Cup playoff tie, losing the second leg 2-1 to
the Zambians last Saturday night at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
It appeared individual errors contributed to both Team Ya Ziko's
goals with Anthony Akumu and Jesse Were profiting after mistakes from
Hendrick Ekstein, Willard Katsande and Virgil Vries.
Nonetheless, the Glamour Boys are suffering with an extended injury
list as Itumeleng Khune, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Lebogang Manyama, Joseph
Molangoane, Mulomowandau Mathoho, Philani Zulu and Lorenzo Gordinho are
With that said, Middendorp is refusing to use this as an excuse
telling the club's official website: "Many of our players have been
excellent in recent weeks, including the likes of Hendrick Ekstein and
"Tonight, however, they made mistakes, losing possession of the ball
in their own half, which cost us two goals. We simply lacked a bit of
"We have played fantastic football against Bidvest Wits and AmaZulu
without most of these (injured) players. I therefore feel it's unfair to
talk about this. We are not playing golf or tennis, we play as a team.
"Zesco are a good side, we hope that Zesco will go far in this competition. We wish them all the luck."
Chiefs will now switch their focus to beating Tornado FC in a Nedbank
Cup tie on Sunday at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane.