- The Kaizer Chiefs are on the top of the log but that was not always the case
- During a period spanning 4 years, the club failed to win any trophies and fans abandoned the club
- Success has returned to the club and brought the fans with it
The Kaizer Chiefs are currently enjoying a level of support they have not seen in a long time. The recent success of the club has made it one of the most popular in South Africa, even when playing away games.
However, this was not always the case and the Kaizer Chiefs coach, Ernst Middendorp, has admitted as much. He revealed that he believes the fans were right to abandon the club during their worst period of performance in recent history according to kickoff.com.
Briefly.co.za learned that the lowest point for the club was when they failed to take any trophies home for four years in a row.
At the moment the winds of fortune have shifted and the Chiefs have dominated the Absa Premiership, winning 9 of their 11 games.
The Kaizer Chiefs are favourites to win the Telkom Knockout semi-final against Maritzburg United at Mbombela Stadium tomorrow.
Middendorp is ecstatic at the level of support the club is receiving at the moment but admits that the club had let the fans down in the past.
“It’s definitely something you have to look into how it is now, and if you have experienced not long ago a total different story, going into a stadium wherever - Polokwane or Durban, and you’re not really supported in a way because you didn’t deserve it,” said Middendorp.
“It’s most definitely something that was very important for us to discuss during the pre-season and preparation time, it’s our responsibility to make it happen that people are coming and supporting – we have to do the first steps.
“And I think the team has realised it, with each and every player contributing to the team performance, and then the next step is the support we are enjoying at the moment.
“We know exactly it gives us a real confidence booster in each and every game, it doesn’t matter where we are playing.”
Briefy.co.za previously reported on the return of Khune and Baccus to the squad, however, Khune will not start in the goals for tomorrows match.
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