Middendorp - 'Title race open'
Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp believes the 2006/07 Castle Premiership title race is still wide open, despite his team's 1-2 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.
Chiefs currently have 31 points from 20 games in the league. Above them on the log are Sundowns with 32 points in 17 matches and SuperSport United with 33 points. Ajax Cape Town currently top the league standings with 34 points from 20 matches.
"The race for the title is still wide open for us," he told the Pretoria News. "I don't understand why some people are writing us off."
"Don't forget that Sundowns must still play teams like Pirates and Swallows," continued the German-born coach.
"Sundowns can drop points against Swallows and Pirates. The league is still wide open for us to win."
Middendorp, however, was singing a slightly different tune on the official Kaizer Chiefs website, saying that the loss to the 'Brazilians' had put them on the back foot.
"It will take time for us to forget that game," he said, "especially the way we were beaten by a team with 10 men."
Upcoming Castle Premiership fixtures for the top three teams:
On Sunday, February 11, SuperSport come up against Orlando Pirates at Loftus Stadium, whilst Swallows face log leaders Ajax CT at Germiston Stadium (kick-off 3.45pm).
Meanwhile, the third-placed Sundowns play Pirates at Loftus Stadium on Valentines Day, Wednesday February 14 (kick-off 7.30pm). The 'Brazilians' then host Swallows at Loftus Stadium on Saturday, February 17 at 3.45pm.