David Obua Calls Out Kaizer Chiefs After Sacking Middendorp

Former Uganda Cranes star David Obua has criticised Kaizer Chiefs after the PSL side sacked coach Ernst Middendorp.

Chiefs parted ways with the German tactician on Wednesday following the dramatic manner in which they lost stronghold on the 2020/21 PSL title.

At one stage, Chiefs held a 13-point lead atop and it looked like they were heading for their first League title in five years before squandering their advantage that was sealed in a dramatic final day of the season.

The side were held by Baroka as eventual champions Mamelodi Sundowns beat Black Leopards 3-0 at Dobsonville.

David Obua celebrates scoring for Chiefs against Sundowns. Gallo Images

Obua, who played for Chiefs from 2005 to 2008 before joining Scottish side Hearts, says that coach Ernst did well despite title loss.

“We are all Sceptics or pessimists in one way or another when things don’t go our way. But I do feel that in team sports the “Collective” is the most important component. We might have lost but Ernest and his coaching staff did well,” Obua tweeted.

“We need Stability. It drives a lot in any franchise.

“I think decisions should be made in my opinion to control the situation. With this situation we look at Stability, Continuity. The project had a foundation, now it’s going to be broken.

“I think we did very well. It’s disappointing that we didn’t clinch it, but if we kept the group and gave it another go, I think we could do even better.”

Obua won the 2004/5 PSL title, two MTN 8, Telkom Knockout and the 2006 Nedbank Cup during his PSL with Kaizer Chiefs.

Coach Ernst Middendorp. Courtesy

In the statement put on the Chiefs Website, club chairman Kaizer Motaung said that “we deliberated and considered” many aspects including the style of play and results before sacking coach Ernst.

Motaung also added that the club was optimistic that this was supposed to be a better year since its their 50th anniversary.

He added: “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.”

Motaung confirmed that a new coach will be announced before the team returns for preseason training.

Coach Ernst was appointed on December 7, 2018 to replace Giovanni Solinas.

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