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Middendorp: I had To Think Outside The Box

  • May 8, 2024
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Middendorp: I had To Think Outside The Box

Cape Town Spurs coach Ernst Middendorp resorted to a motivational tactic to inspire his team. He presented them with a modified version of the 2024 league table, excluding the current season’s results.

According to Middendorp, the table he shared with Sportswire before their Tuesday’s win against Royal AM at Harry Gwala Stadium positioned Spurs in eighth place with 11 points after 10 games. This placed them ahead of teams like SuperSport United, Cape Town City, Kaizer Chiefs, Golden Arrows, and AmaZulu.

“It was a lot of work to do before the game,” said Middendorp. 

“You lost the game last week to Polokwane City and at the same time Richards Bay is winning (against AmaZulu) and all sudden eight points behind and only four games to go. 

“But we found some aspects during the week to look for an improvement. We have seen some stuff; you must design some training sessions adequately. 

“Secondly, a lot of surprise because these are young guys. If you take only the games in 2024 with this team, 11 games played now but before this game we from February until now in 10 games, we are in position eight.  

“Everyone is looking (surprise), but we are in position eight. We did all this to inspire the guys to produce the energy and that is our job in terms of going into this game.  

“Okay, good, let’s work on it. Yes, it was a win, you always have a certain confidence. But the stress and the pressure level will be on the same and I hope we can sort it out again.”  

The victory, Spurs’ fifth of the season and their first away from home via a penalty spot by Gabriel Michael, propelled them to 18 points after 27 matches. While still five points behind second-from-bottom Richards Bay, the latter has a game in hand.

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