Chiefs coach Middendorp cannot explain his players’ flat display

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Maritzburg United’s poor finishing spare Amakhosi embarrassment in Telkom Knockout defeat

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp was at a loss to explain the lacklustre display from his players in their surprise 2-1 Telkom Knockout semifinal loss to Maritzburg United in Nelspruit on Sunday.

They were missing the spine of their team through suspension — goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi‚ centre-back Erick Mathoho and defensive midfielder Willard Katsande — but Middendorp did not want to use that as an excuse. “We were too easy in certain moments and giving them the opportunity to come in front 1-0. We had our problems and they deserved to win‚ they had opportunities to score more.

Middendorp also rued the absence of lead forward Khama Billiat‚ who was left out with a hamstring issue that the coach said was worsened on national team duty with Zimbabwe.“He played Botswana already with pain and then again against Zambia. It was impossible‚ we tried [to get him fit].”

 

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