Kaizer Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp has said that players need more time to show the club their best football, citing the development of Mamelodi Sundowns’ ‘CBD’ as an example.
Middendorp made the comments after Chiefs’ most recent outing where they defeated Highlands Park 3-2 in Durban.
“I found one quote from our valued colleague Pitso [Mosimane], he said it took him three years to find the Khama Billiat, Keagan Dolly [and Leonardo Castro combination],” Middendorp said at the post-match press conference.
“I hope it will not take that long for us [to find the right combinations]. I think we can do a bit better, but a lot of players were brought into Chiefs in the beginning of the season.
“It’s not only Khama or Leonardo, who came in four or five months earlier; it’s Dax [Andrianarimanana], [Siphelele] Ntshangase and some other players that have also been lost in the near past.
The German coach went on to reveal his hopes for next season, believing that the players will be better placed to shoulder the expectations.
“Let’s take this into consideration a little bit, that everybody in the second year will probably do better and be happier with the pressure – it is like this,” he added.
“If you play a warm-up game, test game or even a game behind closed doors with Kaizer Chiefs, the pressure is high – you have to win each and every game, that’s the mentality that you come into and it takes a little bit of time.
“In particular for a lot of players that we’re possessing at the moment, guys coming in like Happy Mashiane – he will have his ups and downs and others like Teenage Hadebe is only 23.
Chiefs’ weekend win left Amakhosi on sixth spot, leaving nobody counting the Glamour Boys in the title race.
“We have to accept this, but we understand it’s not about building – I don’t talk this nonsense, we have to gain points, which is important for us, and with a good pre-season and preparation behind closed doors, we will go the right way,” Middendorp promised.