Khune or Akpeyi – Middendorp’s headache

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As Kaizer Chiefs enters the last 10 games of the Absa Premiership season territory, it’s how they manage their lead at the top that is very important, according to the head coach Ernst Middendorp.

He was speaking at the Soweto derby press conference this afternoon ahead of their crunch encounter against arch-rivals Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Kick-off at 15:30.

The two teams are separated by only six points with Chiefs (45) ahead of third-placed Pirates (39), with Amakhosi having a game in hand.

In the audio below, Middendorp says they will have to be smart about the run-in as he also analyses his opponents going to this game:

One of the main talking points going to this derby is who will walk out on the pitch as Chiefs’ No.: 1 goalkeeper as Middendorp has been facing a lot of questions in recent weeks on who should start in this game.

Last week, he was clear that captain Itumeleng Khune will play in cup matches and Daniel Akpeyi in the league.

In the audio below, Middendorp changes his tune now:

It’s also the first time in the history of the Soweto derby that two German head coaches will be going head to head. Middendorp has been in the country longer than his Pirates counterpart and fellow countryman Josef Zinnbauer.

In the audio below, Middendorp downplays this German link:

Report by Velile Mnyandu