'Some Cape Town Spurs Players Not Good Enough for PSL': Middendorp Makes Stark Admission

'Some Cape Town Spurs Players Not Good Enough for PSL': Middendorp Makes Stark Admission

Robert Abong'o
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Ernst Middendorp has admitted some of his players are not prepared for the PSL
  • Cape Town Spurs’ last win was against Orlando Pirates at the start of November
  • The Urban Warriors are bottom of the PSL with only three points after 14 games

Cape Town Spurs faced another setback in their recent 3-0 loss against Mamelodi Sundowns, leaving head coach, Ernst Middendorp to acknowledge the team's difficulties.

The defeat to DStv Premiership champions marked an 11th loss for the Urban Warriors, with the manager expressing concern about the readiness of some players for topflight football.

Middendorp, who is known for giving young talents a chance as a head coach, has emphasised how the abundance of talent within Cape Town Spurs required proper guidance.

Ernst Middendorp is under pressure to turn around Cape Town Spurs' fortunes. Photo: Michael Titgemeye.
Ernst Middendorp says some of his players at Cape Town Spurs are not good enough. Photo: Michael Titgemeye.
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Commenting on the current quality of the team, the German manager told iDiski Times:

"...If you’re looking into it, Asanele Velebayi, Chumani Butsaka, and Morne Nel are not old legs. Of course, we have three, or four players into it. But as you said, I think the secret is always very liberal. Lebohang Maboe on the other side, Thapelo Morena on the other side, Rushine De Reuck on the other side, I brought them in as young players at Maritzburg United and Bloemfontein Celtic."

Despite the presence of these players, Middendorp recognised the challenge of lacking physical power against formidable opponents like Mamelodi Sundowns.

The coach highlighted the importance of preparation and physical strength, also surprisingly indicating that several players in his squad were not prepared for the PSL.

“It’s not that you [are] good in ball possession, you stop a player and then at this moment, of course, make something out of it yourself. A number of players are not really prepared for the PSL at the moment, we have to be honest," he continued.

Cape Town Spurs facing PSL relegation

Facing the possibility of relegation, Middendorp expressed hope in reinforcing the squad during the January transfer window. He recognised the limitations imposed by the club's budget but stressed the importance of finding solutions within the constraints.

"It’s a question of budget and networking. At the moment you can’t do anything; you have to wait for the transfer window."

Despite the difficulties, Middendorp is committed to giving his best to navigate the team through the tough situation, via SowetanLIVE.

Cape Town Spurs find themselves at the bottom of the PSL table with three points from 14 games. With only one victory and 13 losses, the team faces an uphill battle to turn their season around.

Can Ernst Middendorp save Spurs?

Sports Brief previously highlighted how Middendorp can save Cape Town Spurs if the club is to survive this DStv Premiership campaign.

On November 28, a dismantling by Stellenbosch FC illustrated the difficulty of that task, with the German needing to play to their strengths.

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