Coach Ernst Middendorp arrived on Monday afternoon with his troops to a warm welcome from Amakhosi supporters at the arrivals of the King Shaka International Airport in Durban.
“We have not changed much in terms of our approach to this game,” Middendorp enthused with epic confidence. “It is important to create a winning combination. Of course, we had to work on the mistakes we committed in the previous match. And I think we have done our homework.”
Chiefs are in town on this Heritage Day to face an unpredictable AmaZulu side who have gone through some changes in their technical team with Jozef Vukusic taking over from Cavin Johnson as head coach. More so they’re languishing at the bottom of the log at this early stage of the Absa Premiership season.
“They are going through some changes and surely they’re not comfortable with their start to the season,” observed the German mentor at state of affairs of the opponents. “But this is the time that you mind your business. We have our own ambitions to cater for. So, their situation didn’t factor in our planning for the match.”
Heritage Day is an important day in South Africa and Chiefs have played a major role in the processes of nation building. This game is played on a relevant day which marks the celebration of nation building in South African history.
“It is going to be a tight match,” said Middendorp as he concluded. “We have no new injuries in the squad. Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo remain the missing pieces in our squad. I’m glad they are making steady progress and we can’t wait to welcome them come back. We will need a strong squad as the league progresses.”
Kick-off at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi is at 15:00.