Chiefs transformed from Fiat Panda to Formula 1 car, says Middendorp

Chiefs transformed from Fiat Panda to Formula 1 car, says Middendorp

- Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp used an interesting racing analogy as he compared his team to a vehicle

- Middendorp feels that Chiefs resembled a Fiat Panda last season based on the players they had, but are now as racy as a Formula One car

- The Amakhosi have won 3 out of 4 fixtures and currently lead the Premier Soccer League (PSL) table

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has pimped his own ride as he used an amusing racing analogy when describing his team’s performances.

Middendorp shared that he felt Chiefs could’ve been compared to a Fiat Panda last season, but have now transformed into a Formula One car, firing on all cylinders.

The coach’s confidence stems from Chiefs’ brilliant league form as they’ve won three out of their four fixtures and lead the PSL log.

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SowetanLIVE reported that Middendorp may have felt he was hampered with squad limitations when he took over from Giovanni Solinas last season.

Middendorp said, “If you want to go into a Formula One race‚ and if unfortunately, you have a Fiat Panda you can’t win‚ you can’t compete.”

The coach added, “So it was very important for us to look at which type of players that were available for us to get and which players we had coming back from injury.”

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Middendorp went on to explain that certain key players have recovered from injury last season and the boost that it gives the squad.

He cited the return of players such as Lebogang Manyama and Eric Mathoho, while also praising newcomers Lazarus Kambole and Samir Nurkovic. gathered that Middendorp was thrilled with the comeback victory over Cape Town City recently.

He predicted a sluggish start due to their exertions against SuperSport United and therefore was not surprised by Kermit Erasmus’ early strike.

Middendorp will be hoping that his sports car not only has speed, but that it has staying power as well.

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