Maritzburg‚ Middendorp and Moseamedi lie in wait for Kaizer Chiefs
Maritzburg United will be looking to double their wins gained against Kaizer Chiefs in the DStv Premiership this campaign this season when they host Amakhosi at Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday.
The Team of Choice have already beaten Chiefs 2-0 away from home in the league in what was the Soweto giants’ former coach Ernst Middendorp’s fifth match after returning for the fourth time to the Pietermaritzburg club in late November last year.
Chiefs’ biggest tormenter in recent years‚ striker Judas Moseamedi‚ scored those two goals against Chiefs in January.
The win against Chiefs is one the three that the German coach has managed to get in 12 league matches that also comprised of five losses against Swallows FC‚ TS Galaxy‚ Orlando Pirates‚ Lamontville Golden Arrows and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.
In trying to arrest the slide‚ Middendorp signed a 27-year-old goalkeeping compatriot‚ Marcel Engelhardt‚ from native Germany. Having played three league matches and conceded two goals‚ the former Eintracht Braunschweig (Bundesliga 2) gloveman is hoping his team can continue with the form they’ve shown in the last two games against Black Leopards and Bloemfontein Celtic.
Maritzburg beat Leopards 1-0 at home before ending last week with a 1-1 draw away to Celtic‚ with Bafana Bafana striker Thabiso Kutumela scoring the vital goals in both those matches.
“We were happy to achieve this win against Leopards and the draw against Bloemfontein Celtic was deserved but I feel we could have won‚” Engelhardt said ahead of the Chiefs match.
“Now we’re still focused and we want to achieve more and more away from the relegation zone.
“It’s crucial to continue picking up points because we’re at the bottom of the table [15th place] and we need to get closer to the other teams.
“Winning will build up confidence if we keep picking up points. I hope we can continue with that on Wednesday.”
Though he’s never played against Chiefs‚ Engelhardt said a win against one of the top clubs in the country would boost United’s morale‚ especially at home where they’ve dropped many points this season.
“We know that Chiefs are a big team here [in SA] and they have a lot of good players‚ but I think we have a team that can have a good performance‚” Engelhardt said.
“I hope we can achieve something and continue picking up points and home games are the best way to collect points‚ and if we continue on this run I think we’ll be prepared for the next games.”