Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has explained his thinking behind the idea of too much experience in his team, after dropping Willard Katsande and Leonardo Castro to the bench against Cape Town City.
Amakhosi’s coach lead his team to a classy 2-0 win over Cape Town City in Sunday’s Nedbank Cup last eight game in Nelspruit, with the younger of his Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya (23) and Dumisani Zuma (21) shining bright.
Asked to explain what he meant in the pre-game interview by avoiding ‘too much’ experience, the 60-year-old coach said:
“It is a process we are in, fortunately I am so long in this business that I definitely think about a lot and research… But as I said before we need experience. We need Rama [Mphahlele], we need [Willard] Katsande, Bernard Parker," he added to an interview with SuperSport TV.
“But too much experience! You want to do it with history, with sponsorships, it does not work.Too much and you become an automatic pilot and everybody knows what’s coming next.
Middendorp further added that the injection of younger players does in turn inspired other players in the team.
“In the end it is inspiring for each and everyone. It inspires [Khama] Billiat, inspiring for Bernard [Parker]. It inspired everyone to realise ‘I must work. I have to do a little bit more.’ It’s a process. I’m absolutely convinced without these guys [most experienced players] it won’t work but also the other guys [younger player] have value,” concluded Middendorp.
Chiefs are next in action at home to Baroka on Saturday 6 April.