Chiefs go for PSL title
Ekstein says coach has an ace up his sleeve
Kaizer Chiefs winger Hendrick Ekstein believes the Glamour Boys can pull off a surprise in the league race with critics having counted them out.
Chiefs are hopeful of a revival under coach Ernst Middendorp who took over from Giovanni Solinas in December after a string of poor results.
Middendorp has achieved a record of two wins and a loss in the league that includes a recent 2-0 win over leaders Bidvest Wits.
With their 24 points in fifth position, Amakhosi are nine points adrift of leaders Wits. “It’s not over yet. The number one spot is the aim for every team and we also want that. The league race is still on and if we can try to win most of our games, then we can achieve something,” Ekstein told Sowetan.
“But we are not thinking too far ahead. For us it’s just about focusing on each game as it comes.”
Amakhosi are headed towards their fourth year without a trophy with only the Absa Premiership and the Nedbank Cup remaining to fight for in the current season. The 28-year-old admits it pains the players that the club has not won a title.
“It does not sit well with us that it’s almost four years without a trophy. We don’t want to be remembered for not winning titles.
“Our job as players is to make our fans happy. “All the fans want is a trophy. When we see them they tell us we must win.” Since his arrival, Middendorp has played around with different formations. After playing a key role in their win over Wits last week, Ekstein will be looking to deliver another inspirational performance against AmaZulu at the King Zwelithini Stadium, Umlazi, on Wednesday at 7.30pm.
Ekstein is excited about his new role under the German tactician. “The coach wants me to get more goals for the team.”
Wednesday fixtures (all 7.30pm).
Sundowns v Maritzburg, Loftus Versfeld; AmaZulu v Chiefs, King Zwelithini Stadium; CPT City v FS Stars, Cape Town Stadium
Hendrick Ekstein of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Thabang Monare of Bidvest Wits believes his team cannot be ruled out of snatching the league.