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Middendorp explains why Ghana's Kotei hasn’t played

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has explained why supporters have not seen James Kotei on the pitch.

Kotei, who joined Chiefs several weeks ago from Tanzania’s Simba SC as a midfielder of the season and league champion, is yet to touch a ball as a Chiefs player in the club’s three games this season.

While three of five new signings at the club have already had a run out, Kotei is yet to mark his debut and emulated the likes of Lazarous Kambole, Samir Nurkovic, and Kearyn Baccus.

“It is not unusual that players need a bit more time, and good, I’m very happy about [their progress so far],” said Middendorp via Times Live.

“Even Lazarous Kambole is not at his best that he can bring to us, but Samir is so far a very confident type of player, knowing the professional setup.”

“Lazarous is close to him; Kearyn Baccus is a bit behind, having come in later – he was not with us from the beginning [of pre-season] – and, of course, James Kotei is in a similar case.”

“We have to look into how far we can give them a little bit of time, and I think with the options in different areas that we have, we can provide them that time to bring them in and to really adapt,” concluded the German coach.

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