- Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp feels responsible for Itumeleng Khune's latest injury setback
- The Chiefs goalkeeper had to be substituted in the 28th minute after picking up a groin strain
- Middendorp admitted that he felt Khune should have been rested, but felt pressurised by the Chiefs fans to play him
Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has shouldered the responsibility for Itumeleng Khune's latest injury setback.
The Amakhosi shot-stopper had to be substituted in the 28th minute against Baroka FC after picking up a groin strain.
Nigerian goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi came on for the Chiefs captain and pulled off a number of crucial saves to secure the 1-0 victory for Chiefs.
Daily Sun reported that Middendorp has now revealed that his gut told him that Khune should be rested for the match.
However, the coach succumbed to pressure from the Chiefs fans.
Middendorp admitted: “If I raise my hands and say [that Khune is rested], they [the fans] could chase me out of the stadium before we start the game.”
The coach felt that Khune would be at risk by playing two matches in quick succession, especially as the AmaZulu contest was an intense one.
Although Middendorp was frustrated with Khune's injury, Akpeyi proved his worth once again as he pulled off a man of the match display.
Middendorp said, “If there’s anybody who is doubting Akpeyi’s qualities, I must say I can’t help.”
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