Kaizer Chiefs coach Middendorp reveals his January transfer market thinking

Kaizer Chiefs' German coach Ernst Middendorp was all smiles during the announcement.
Kaizer Chiefs' German coach Ernst Middendorp was all smiles during the announcement.
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Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp is unlikely to make any notable additions to his squad in the forthcoming transfer window as Amakhosi chase their first Absa Premiership league title since the 2014-2015 campaign.

Chiefs lead second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns by nine points at the top of the table with both teams having played 13 matches‚ and Middendorp has full confidence in the squad that was assembled at the beginning of the season.

“What I want to make clear from the technical team and management’s side is that we trust our players and the squad that was assembled at the beginning of the season to make it happen‚” said the German mentor‚ also indicating that there are players who may leave Naturena next month.

“At the moment‚ I would say we go into the year 2020 with a very clear indication of working with this assembled squad.

Kaizer Motaung, Siphelele Ntshangase and Bobby Motaung. Ntshangase has struggled for game under coach Ersnt Middendorp.
Kaizer Motaung, Siphelele Ntshangase and Bobby Motaung. Ntshangase has struggled for game under coach Ersnt Middendorp.
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"I think it is not a secret that there are a number of players not being used and it should also be discussed openly with the club.

“Coaches know how far we will continue or how we will go and it’s a win/win situation. At the moment‚ we don’t see any big discussions or transactions in terms of players coming in or out.”

Ramahlwe Mphahlele‚ Kabelo Mahlasela‚ Bhongolwethu Jayiya‚ Siphelele Ntshangase‚ Kgotso Moleko and Joseph Molangoane‚ though he has been injured‚ have seen little action and might find their places endangered.

Middendorp said he was not aware of Chiefs being contacted by any club regarding loan deals.

Kabelo Mahlasela has found game time limited under the German coach Ernst Middendorp.
Kabelo Mahlasela has found game time limited under the German coach Ernst Middendorp.
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“Currently as I am sitting here‚ as far as I know there hasn’t been an approach into my direction from any team by management‚” he said.

“I have not been approached to start thinking about player exits. I said before that if‚ there is interest and based on certain discussions we have will have to look at all directions.

“We have a number of players we haven’t used thus far‚ we have players who are coming from injuries and that gives us certain potential.

“I see players like Nkosingiphile Ngcobo‚ Happy Mashiane and Siyabonga Ngezana who qualified for the Olympics [with the SA Under-23s]‚ and they are coming closer and closer [to first team action] . They can contribute the necessary competitive process in the team.

“First of all‚ we have to look at what is available inside the club‚ the number of players who can come in the second half of the season and be part of the team.

“There are always players on the market‚ in particular if they get selected for the player of the month‚ we will look deeper into it and try to find out.”

Ramahlwe Mphahlele has also been starved off game time under Ernst Middendorp.
Ramahlwe Mphahlele has also been starved off game time under Ernst Middendorp.
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