“We could have played for another two hours and still not score,” reflected coach Ernst Middendorp on Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Chippa United. “We started very well and you could see our intentions from the first whistle. You can point at several factors that changed the game and looking back to say we should have done much better.”
Kaizer Chiefs narrowly missed out on a top 8 finish due to the loss in their final match of the 2018/2019 Absa Premiership season.
“I noticed that after Chippa’s player Tebogo Makobela sustained a severe injury, players lost focus,” commented the Amakhosi coach. “I noticed that they pulled away from getting stuck in. Still, we got numerous chances and we had a big penalty appeal at some point.”
“We have to regroup quickly and find the right atmosphere going into the next match,” continued Middendorp. “It is no use at this stage to dwell on what happened. It goes without saying that we didn’t qualify for the top 8 and that’s a disaster for a club of Chiefs’ magnitude and expectations. It’s a huge disappointment.”
The Phefeni Boys will now turn their attention to the Nedbank Cup final against TS Galaxy next weekend.
“We will not allow this result to hamper our plans,” the German coach looked ahead. “It’s water under the bridge and the challenge is to get ready for the next game.”