Amakhosi to give trans­fer pe­riod a miss

Mid­den­dorp ac­cepts what’s at his dis­posal

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Go­molemo Motshwane

Kaizer Chiefs fans should not get their hopes up that the club will make ma­jor sign­ings in the trans­fer win­dow.

Coach Ernst Mid­den­dorp gave a sharp and un­am­bigu­ous re­sponse on whether they will be ac­tive in the trans­fer win­dow. “No, I don’t think so,” he re­torted.

Chiefs’ lack of depth has been ex­posed by in­juries and poor dis­plays this sea­son as they limp through the cur­rent cam­paign. Key play­ers in­clud­ing Itumeleng Khune, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Wise­man Meyiwa, Erick Mathoho and Joseph Molan­goane are out with in­juries.

In their 2-0 win over Bid­vest Wits in mid­week, Amakhosi did not have a spe­cial­ist de­fen­sive mid­fielder with Wil­lard Kat­sande also side­lined with a ham­string.

Mid­den­dorp sounded more like a pau­per than the boss of one of the rich­est clubs in the coun­try, his tone sug­gest­ing that he has ac­cepted that he has to make do with what is at his dis­posal.

“Every­body must be pre­pared to take on the role as we have ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers, about four or five in­clud­ing Khune, [who] are not avail­able [due to in­juries],” he said.

Amakhosi bounced back from their 2-1 loss to Mamelodi Sun­downs. With the re­sult Amakhosi have moved up to fifth in the Absa Premier­ship log with 24 points from 17 games. They face Zesco United in the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup sec­ond pre­lim­i­nary round at the Levy Mwanawasa Sta­dium on Sun­day, 3pm.

“Not to rush and panic. It will be a hec­tic game. We just have to keep calm and cool.

“We will start with some fresh play­ers. Kat­sande will start, Dax [An­dri­ami­rado An­dri­a­na­ri­manana] can be an op­tion and [Siphelele] Nt­shangase is also an op­tion.

“We will go into it and try to man­age our­selves in a proper way. We will def­i­nitely look to make it to the group stages.”

Cham­pi­ons League

Lobi Stars v Sun­downs, Nnamdi Azikiwe Sta­dium, tonight (6pm) FC Plat­inum v Pi­rates, Bour­bafields, Satur­day (3pm)

Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup

Zesco v Chiefs, Levy Mwanawasa Sta­dium, Sun­day (3pm)

See page 40

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Mid­den­dorp dur­ing the Absa Premier­ship match againt Mamelodi Sun­down.

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