Kaizer Chiefs news: Middendorp relieved after derby win_1

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp breathed a sigh of relief after his side collected three points in a Soweto Derby for the first time in close to five years.

Amakhosi beat Orlando Pirates 3-2 at FNB Stadium on Saturday, bagging their sixth league win in a row.

Three points collected in Soweto derby

In what was a hotly-contested encounter, with Chiefs racing to a 2-0 lead before the Buccaneers staged a spirited comeback to equalise by the hour mark.

Middendorp’s charges eventually pulled away through a late penalty, taken by Daniel Cardoso, but had a nervy finish to the game after defender Erick Mathoho was sent off in the 87th minute.

The German was relieved at the outcome, admitting that it wasn’t his side’s best performance.

“Ja, three points, definitely not one of our best performance in terms of playing, but in terms of commitment, focus, doing the right thing in the right moment I think we have the three points,” Middendorp told SuperSport TV.
“In certain moments definitely we were exposed, left and right full-back position, despite [having] spoken about it, but you have to understand, Kaizer Chiefs does totally a round-up, new building at the beginning of the season, having a 21-year old player at the right-full back and a 22-year-old player at the left full-back coming from the lower league, that’s not normal.
“In certain moments, not really to watch the calmness in the opposition side, but it belongs to the soccer, a soccer game is a game of mistakes and if you make a mistake in the defence, mistake in the attacking, you’re not good. What are you expecting, you’re expecting to win? I don’t think so.”Ernst Middendorp

How Kaizer Chiefs overcame Orlando Pirates

An early own goal from Pirates skipper, Ntsikelelo Nyauza gave Chiefs the lead, before Leonardo Castro bagged his second goal in as many derbies to double the advantage in the first half.

Vincent Pule pulled one back for the Buccaneers right before the stroke of halftime, and the comeback looked complete after Gabadinho Mhango too got his second Soweto Derby goal in as many appearances.

Cardoso was another player to pop in the scoresheet for the second derby running, bringing his tally in the fixture to three this year – all from the penalty spot.

Despite the victory, Middendorp was still not pleased with how many chances were left out on the field. 

“We had probably our possibilities, we had chances in our finishing activities [in the] first half, two, three very clear moments, second-half, just for example I don’t know why on the penalty spot, Khama Billiat is not taking the shot with the right, he gave it to the left foot, we can go on.
“This nonsense I can hear that is coming, goal-post and whatever, tactically, etc. I can tell you already, this is nonsense, in the end, it is the result that counts if you do it with the fighting spirit as we’ve done it today, then it’s okay.
“Unfortunately we lost Erick [Mathoho], I don’t know what happened really. Unfortunately, Daniel Akpeyi got another yellow card, good we have two, three weeks time we will see as we prepare ourselves for the next game.”Ernst Middendorp

The upcoming Fifa break offers Chiefs a lengthy breather before they take on Maritzburg United and Stellenbosch FC in the space of four days.