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4 Mar 2015
12:34 pm

Middendorp on the brink?

Chippa United coach Ernst Middendorp is said to be under pressure ahead of tonight’s league fixture against Polokwane City.

Struggling: Chippa United coach Ernst Middendorp. Pic: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images.

United surprisingly appointed Middendorp at the beginning of January, only a month after promoting Roger Sikhakhane to the hot-seat on a permanent basis.

Middendorp has failed to guide the Chilli Boys to a victory in five games in all competitions he has been in charge and the club boss Chippa Mpengesi is reportedly not impressed.

The Chilli Boys have not had the best start to the year after losing 2-0 to Ajax Cape Town, drawing 1-1 against Maritzburg United and also getting knocked out of the Nedbank Cup by Natal United 4-2 on penalties.

Chippa has had 12 coaching changes in a paltry three seasons and Middendorp might be the next casualty.

Polokwane City, meanwhile,  will be looking to change their fortunes and solidify their position on the Absa Premiership log following a 3-1 loss to Orlando Pirates.

“It should be an interesting game,” said Polokwane City coach Kosta Papic, “We did a lot of things right against Pirates. We were attacking and this is the approach we will continue to use for our games.”

Rise and Shine are currently sixth on the log with 28 points after 20 games and Papic added that the team’s focus is on collecting maximum points before considering where they will finish at the end of the season.

“That should be our concern for us now, how many points we get from each game,” said Papic. “Our mission has always been to save the club from relegation and then from there we can look at what position we can finish.”

Kick-off at the Athlone Stadium is at 7.30pm.