Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
2 minute read
26 Nov 2019
8:51 pm

Middendorp got it wrong, and paid the hard price for it

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Ernst Middendorp took a gamble with his inexperienced defence in the Telkom Knockout semifinals match against Maritzburg United last Sunday and unfortunately for it – and like every gamble – it didn’t work out.

Ernst Middendorp, coach of Kaizer Chiefs (Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix)

For that he paid the ultimate price as Kaizer Chiefs were easily pushed aside with Erick Tinkler side booking their place in the final set for December 14. In the absence of Erick Mathoho who was suspended, Middendorp took a gamble on Yagan Sasman as he played the 23-year-old in central defence, pairing him with Daniel Cardoso. Firstly, Sasman is still adjusting at Chiefs where he has slotted into the left back position and done fairly well so far. He was found wanting at central defense and there was no coordination between him and Cardoso at all. One would have...