Former Chiefs boss Ernst Middendorp has the opportunity to rub salt into the wounds when his Maritzburg United host Kaizer Chiefs in midweek action.
Wednesday’s clash at the Harry Gwala Stadium is one of five matches – you can bet on the PSL HERE – but easily the most anticipated.
Chiefs’ struggles this season are well documented … but they will start this clash on the back of a rare victory after they beat Angolan outfit Petro Luanda 2-0 at the FNB Stadium in continental cup action.
“We had to play a few players out of position, and they did okay. I thought the whole team was very good. There were one or two that were very good, but generally, I thought the team collectively was very good,” said coach Gavin Hunt after the match.
Hunt was quizzed on his side’s league struggles and pointed to this match as a potential turning point.
“We are obviously falling behind in the league,” he added.
“Teams underneath us are winning, so we have a big game against Maritzburg, and we need points to get ourselves in a better position. It’s not going to be easy going down there that’s for sure.”
The Team of Choice have four points from their last six games but sit second from bottom. A win over Chiefs would move them just three points behind the glamour outfit, which goes to show how poor Amakhosi have been this season.
Chiefs start without a win in their last five outings and with Middendorp’s Maritzburg finding some form, an outright win isn’t on every tipster’s mind for the Soweto giants.
The home side will be mentally up for the clash against Chiefs with Middendorp hinting that his side has indeed turned the corner after their win over Leopards was backed up by a point against Bloemfontein Celtic.
“It is good to see that we have energy and other dynamics on the field from each and everybody contributing to the team performance,” said the German mentor.
“I think so far we’ve picked four points in two matches, and this is a good start, and next game coming on Wednesday, we have to make points again.”