Cape Town – Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp believes
the club’s strong online following helped motivate the team ahead of Saturday’s
1-1 draw with Black Leopards.
Chiefs went into the Premiership clash with Lidoda Duvha
having lost their previous encounter to Baroka.
The result seemingly did not go down well with supporters
who expressed their disappointment on Chiefs’ various social media platforms.
As such, Middendorp has revealed the large following of the
team helps to remind his players of their responsibility about producing
He said: “The result, I think we all saw the game, was
definitely not satisfying. By half-time we already had a number of
possibilities where we should have made better decisions.
“In the second-half, the final activities in the final
third, definitely we know we can do better, and the result is definitely
something we’re not happy with.
“But regarding the performance, after the last game, we
have over 3-million followers on social media, so we can’t present ourselves
the way we did against Baroka.
“Comparing that to this game, I saw a different
attitude and mood since [Friday], when we arrived, and even when we warmed up,
you could see what was coming.
“In the end, I feel a bit sorry that we didn’t really
capitalise on our activities and actions at the end of the day to take home the
Chiefs are next in action on Saturday when they meet Chippa
United in a Nedbank Cup semi-final. The action gets underway from 20:15 at the
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.