Cape Town - Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer has praised the work his German compatriot is doing at Kaizer Chiefs, saying he is doing a "great job" at Amakhosi.
Zinnbauer, who has guided the Buccaneers to six victories in his first seven matches in charge, lauded the work done by Middendorp who has led Chiefs to the top of the Premiership standings.
The two coaches were pictured sitting next to each other in the stands at the PSL match between Bidvest Wits and Black Leopards that was eventually postponed due to inclement weather.
The German coaches teams will square off in the Soweto derby that is scheduled to be played on February 29.
Zinnbauer told the media when asked about Middendorp: "He's a very good guy, who has a lot of experience in Africa.
"He's had success too, and for me, he's doing a great job at the moment.
"He has all clubs hungry about playing against Kaizer Chiefs because they want to beat them.
"And it's not so easy when games are a battle, all teams want to win against us - I mean Kaizer Chiefs - I know this, and I think he makes a top job at the moment."
When asked what they spoke about, Zinnbauer said: "I know we have a game in two weeks, so we just said, 'Hello, How are you?' But we didn't speak about football.
"No, Ernst is always speaking English. I spoke every time in German, and then he gives me so little words in German back."
- TEAMTalk Media