Two different performances – Middendorp

“We produced such a good performance last week, but we gave it away today,” commented coach Ernst Middendorp about the disappointing result against Baroka FC on Saturday night.

Kaizer Chiefs were brilliant in last week’s 2-0 win over Cape Town City in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal but were less convincing in Saturday night’s league fixture against Baroka, being edged 1-0.

“I warned the players during the week that it was necessary to have the same good spirit and attitude for the Baroka game as we had against Cape Town City,” continued the German coach. “We even discussed it at half-time.

“Almost the same team that did so well last week, played tonight. We had the same players, but two completely different performances.”

The only player who was missing from the starting XI against Baroka compared to last week’s cup game was Khama Billiat, who was out injured.

Despite not performing at its best, Amakhosi did create a few excellent opportunities to find the back of the net but struggled to convert.

“Something like this should not have happened,” Middendorp added. “I am totally disappointed with the result.”

The Chiefs mentor, however, also indicated that it’s important not to reflect too much on the loss against Baroka and, instead, look ahead. “We have to learn from what happened today and move forward,” concluded the coach.

Amakhosi will play Black Leopards away in an Absa Premiership game in Thohoyandou on Saturday, 13 April. Kick-off is at 15:00.