Kaizer Chiefs, home to Harambee Stars midfielder Anthony Akumu, has sent head coach Ernst Middendorp home.


In a statement Kaizer Chiefs Chairman Kaizer Motaung said: “We deliberated and considered many aspects related to the team, including our way of playing, our performances and the results before coming to the decision.


“We truly believed and hoped that our 50th anniversary year would be better, and it indeed looked promising. The decision taken is part of a strategy to have the team win trophies again and to make our supporters happy because they deserve better.


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“After giving the coach and the technical team the ammunition required to compete in the new season, there were some improvements, and this was evident during the first seven months of this 2019/2020 season.


“However, when the league restarted post-lockdown, things changed, and we looked a totally different side in our last eight league matches. We witnessed some heart-stopping performances and we were overtaken on the log in the last game of the season, which truly broke our hearts. We have to take responsibility – we can’t wait and allow this situation to continue.”


Middendorp joined Chiefs on 7 December 2018 and took Amakhosi to ninth position and reached the Nedbank Cup final in his first six months in charge.


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