After the game, the German mentor revealed that he was satisfied with the midfielder’s performance.
It was Ntshangase’s first game under the German mentor and he was taken out at half time with the side trailing 1-0.
“He is a player who is in a bubble with Kaizer Chiefs and he deserves respect. And despite some of you not believing it, every second working with him, he gets my respect. I know there is belief that I don’t like this one or that one,” said Middendorp after the game.
“He is a ball receiver and player in the same level as where we had (Khama) Billiat and (Willard) Katsande. We were 1-0 down and we had to have somebody who plays higher up, closer to the forwards and that was the reason for it (his substitution).
“We had to bring Dumisani Zuma into a more attacking line. Siphelele is a player who is a ball-receiver with passing out of the deeper positions. And considering that he has not played in a long time it was definitely an acceptable performance from him,” added the 61-year-old mentor.