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Ernst Middendorp: Kaizer Chiefs hire ex-Kotoko coach again

Kaizer Chiefs have re-engaged German Ernst Middendorp as their head coach.

The former Asante Kotoko (3 years) and Hearts of Oak trainer (5 months) was appointed Friday afternoon almost immediately after the departures of Italian Giovanni Solinas and his assistant Patrick Mabedi.

Middendorp returns for his second spell with the South African giants, having previously handled the side between 2005 and 2007.

Speaking on the decision to fall on the 60-year-old, Kaizer Chiefs Chairman Kaizer Motaung revealed that Middendorp’s experience and knowledge of the club made him stand out.

“We were looking for a coach who is experienced and who has an understanding of the club’s footballing culture,” Motaung told the Chiefs website.

“That’s certainly the case with Middendorp, who won trophies during his previous stint in charge of Kaizer Chiefs.

“Middendorp also understands South African football well, having a vast knowledge and experience of our local football. We are looking forward to working together.”

“We need stability and the coach will start working with the team on Saturday.”

Ernst Middendorp had been regular on the touchlines in the ABSA Premiership for seven years until the end of the 2015/16 season, coaching five different clubs – Maritzburg United (two spells), Golden Arrows, Bloemfontein Celtic, Chippa United and Free State Stars.





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