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Middendorp: Chiefs transfer ban is an 'office matter'

Ernst Middendorp (Gallo Image)
Ernst Middendorp (Gallo Image)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp said the transfer ban the club received by FIFA is an "office matter", although he believes the younger players can step up if need be.

Football's governing body banned Amakhosi from registering players for the next two transfer windows after they found that the acquisition of Andriamirado "Dax" Andrianarimanana from Madagascar club Fose Juniors was illegal.

The Soweto giants have said they will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to appeal the ruling and Middendorp did not want to discuss the matter with the media.

The German mentor said: "I fully agree, it's an office matter.

"For me, it's nothing to discuss; I haven't really even had a discussion with the administration or management side of Kaizer Chiefs about this.

"This is something that I'm not busy with at all. If that is the final outcome once everything is on the table then we will find a solution.

"Basically, we have a qualified PSL squad and setup so far, and most of the players have contracts with a view to the next season."

When pressed further on how it would affect his future plans, Middendorp highlighted the younger players the club have brought through this season.

Middendorp said: "We have some good young guys like Happy Mashiane, Njabulo Blom, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, who we've used already in the PSL, and there’s also four more players in the second division with Swallows, doing the job over there and getting competitive minutes.

"So, I'm not even prepared to make a comment on it. For me, it’s not final and the club hasn't informed the statement internally that we have to make provisions, so for me it’s not relevant at all.

"As for the players, there’s no confusion at all. They know their contract situations and why they are here; they know their direction and that's it. We are not busy thinking about it at all."

- TEAMTalk Media

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