Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
2 minute read
10 Mar 2020
5:03 pm

Has Middendorp developed a ‘small team mentality’ and applied it at Chiefs?

Sibongiseni Gumbi

It looks likely. That is my answer to the question above. It is a South African phenomenon that we have all come to understand and take as a norm. 

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

What is this guy on about, I hear you ask yourself. Okay, let me start from the beginning. In South African football we have big teams. There are the original "Big Three" who get that title because of the huge following they attract wherever they play across the country – that’s Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns, in no particular order. You can then add Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United to that list because of their achievements in recent years which makes them feared sides in local football. They have also proved that they can compete with the Big...