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Chiefs coach Middendorp admits 'strange' feeling to play home matches at Orlando Stadium

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Orlando Stadium (Gallo Images)
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  • Kaizer Chiefs played their first home match in the bio-bubble at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday.
  • Amakhosi were held to 1-1 draw against Bidvest Wits.
  • Ernst Middendorp says that playing their home matches at their rivals' home stadium is "strange".

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp says playing their remaining home games at Orlando Stadium is a "strange" feeling.

Amakhosi were drawn to host all their home matches at their Soweto rivals' stadium as the Premier Soccer League [PSL] attempts to finish the 2019/20 campaign in one month.

The Glamour Boys played their first encounter in the biologically safe environment [BSE] on Wednesday evening against Bidvest Wits.

Samir Nurkovic gave Chiefs a first half lead as he headed the ball in the back of the net via a corner-kick, before Cole Alexander equalised in the dying moments to ensure the Clever Boys left Soweto with a point.

During his post-match virtual briefing with South African media, Middendorp laughed as he was asked about life in the bio-bubble and having to play their matches at Orlando Pirates' home ground.

"It's strange, let me be honest. You look into it and actually everybody knows, being a rival of Orlando Pirates and you have to face the faces of the heroes of Orlando Pirates," Middendorp admitted.

"You go in [towards the changerooms]... you see it on the left and you see it on the right ... it's not really comfortable.

"It doesn't make you really feel at home, there's no doubt about it. It's quite a challenge."

Despite the draw, Amakhosi remain top of the log as second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns were held to a goalless draw on Tuesday against Orlando Pirates.

The Glamour Boys are next in action against Polokwane City at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 18:00.