It’s crunch time for Ernst

Mid­den­dorp’s been en­joy­ing suc­cess with Chiefs, but Downs pose big­gest threat yet

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He also beat the same side with the same 3-0 score­line away from home. Nzama doesn’t doubt the cre­den­tials of Mid­den­dorp but thinks that the game against Sun­downs this af­ter­noon will be a huge chal­lenge for the Ger­man.

“Ernst is quite good – I’ll con­cede that. Un­der him, I was one of his cap­tains. I know him very well. We won two cups un­der his ten­ure at Chiefs. If my me­mory serves me right it was the ABSA Cup and the SAA Su­per Eight,” Nzama said.

Amakhosi are set to face the Brazil­ians without the ser­vices of Itume­leng Khune who is still in­jured. Vir­gil Vries will slot in for him. Chiefs are yet to con­cede a goal un­der the tute­lage of Mid­den­dorp which is a pos­i­tive sign for a side that strug­gled at the start of the sea­son. They have kept three clean sheets in their last three games.

“He is a good coach but you know in big clubs there’s al­ways pres­sure and there’s no time to set­tle. Win­ning cups is not enough at Chiefs if you don’t win the league,” he added.

Chiefs and Sun­downs trail be­hind the log lead­ers, Bid­vest Wits, in the league ta­ble.

Sun­downs are fifth and Chiefs sixth and they are sep­a­rated by just one point al­though Downs have played three games fewer than Chiefs. But, as they say, games in hand are not nec­es­sar­ily points in the bag. So, Sun­downs still need to out there and make those games in hand count. They are eight points be­hind Wits and Chiefs, there­fore, are nine back. Clearly, both sides need to quickly make some in­roads in the ti­tle race.

“I don’t think we should put too much pres­sure on Mid­den­dorp,” says Nzama. “He was given two and half years. So far, he has started very well and won all his games. And I be­lieve he’ll con­tinue to do well with Chiefs. But now the big test is Sun­downs.”

Chiefs will be look­ing to be­come the first team to beat Sun­downs in the league this sea­son.

In fact the Brazil­ians are yet to taste de­feat in the league this term and are the only club to be in this po­si­tion.

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