Chiefs fans ain't too happy with coach Middendorp's return

10 December 2018 - 08:17 By Ntokozo Miya
Ernst Middendorp returns to Kaizer Chiefs to replace Giovanni Solinas as coach.
Ernst Middendorp returns to Kaizer Chiefs to replace Giovanni Solinas as coach.
Image: STEVE HAAG

Twitter came alive with excitement after the departure of Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas was announced on Friday, December 7 2018. But the joy quickly fizzled out when fans were introduced, or rather reintroduced, to his replacement.

Solinas joined Chiefs in July, but didn’t gain favour with supporters as the team was kicked out of two cup competitions and failed to impress in league games.

His dismissal comes after Chiefs lost three of their last four matches.

The outgoing coach leaves at the same time as his assistant, Patrick Mabedi.

The team thanked Mabedi for “all the efforts during his time at Kaizer Chiefs” and wished him well.

Shortly after the exit of Solinas and Mabedi started trending on social media, Chiefs tweeted another bombshell - that Ernst Middendorp was returning to coach the troubled team. 

When Middendorp led the Chiefs coaching department in 2006, he earned himself the nickname 'Middendraw' after the team's 14-draw run.

Twelve years later, those draws are still fresh in the minds of Amakhosi faithfuls and they are not too excited about 'Middendraw's' comeback.

Fans think the family-run team could have made a better choice.

Kaizer Chiefs take on SuperSport United on Wednesday, December 12 2018, at the Mbombela Stadium. And Middendorp desperately needs a win to get into the fans’ good books.

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