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Middendorp gives high praise to Chiefs' academy coaches

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp Kaizer Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp is happy with how the younger players have stepped up in recent weeks and has lauded the club's academy coaches for doing a sterling job.

Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Happy Mashiane, Bruce Bvuma and Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya have graduated from the club's academy and have made their debuts recently in the senior team.

Ngcobo played in the 1-0 victory over Maritzburg United on Saturday and the South Africa U20 player never looked out of place.

Middendorp said, as quoted by the IOL website: "There's fantastic work being done at the academy under the leadership of Sundra Govinder and Arthur Zwane.

"They come from there. I only take the risk and have the balls to bring them into the first team.

"But their preparation, it's not the national team that does it or me, the people who do it are these guys in the academy."

Middendorp insists he will not be afraid to give more youngsters opportunities if he feels they are ready.

The German mentor continued: "These guys (in charge of our academy) are responsible for their development and not the so-called guy who are doing something overnight (and suddenly the players) fall like snowfalls from Kilimanjaro. It's unfair! It's simple unfair.

"The clubs' academies are doing a good job. And this is very important, for me and for us to highlight that. Not that somebody is sitting there and has an opinion."