Team of Choice unveil Middendorp as New Head Coach

16 November 2009

Maritzburg United Football Club has announced the appointment of German Coach, Ernst Middendorp as the Club’s new Head Coach.

Speaking to the club’s official website, CEO Afzal Khan went through the events of the last week:

“After the parting of ways with Gordon Igesund, The club was determined to bring in a highly qualified and experienced Coach who can get the team to play a structured, winning brand of football.

" Club Chairman Farook Kadodia was overwhelmed at the response to the vacant Head Coach position which saw the club receive over 28 applications from local and International Coaches alike.

"The club exhausted all avenues in ensuring that the application process was extensive in ensuring the successful candidate fulfills all the necessary criteria required by the club.

" Middendorp’s presentation, together with his knowledge of the Club and its Players stood out and we believe that the appointment of Ernst Middendorp will bring a new lease of life to both the Technical team and Players.

"His Professionalism, coaching techniques, together with his organization and planning is what clearly has been lacking in the last 18 months at the club and we firmly believe that firm commitment and astute planning will lead the team to success."

"The German has signed a contract until the end of the season, with an option to renew. We encourage all supporters and the soccer loving community of Pietermaritzburg to support the new coach and continue rallying behind the team," concluded Khan.

Middendorp needs no introduction to South African Football as he coached Soweto Giants, Kaizer Chiefs from the beginning of the 2005/06 season up to March 2007.

In his first season for the Soweto club he finished third in the league, won the ABSA Cup as well as the coach of the tournament award. He also managed to win the 2006 Vodacom Challenge by beating Manchester United.

At the start of the 2006/2007 season Ernst Middendorp guided Chiefs to the SAA Supa 8 trophy, a tournament contested by the top eight finishers in the league from the previous season. Kaizer Chiefs defeated Supersport United in the final.

At his former German club Arminia Bielefeld, Middendorp was elected Coach of the Century when the club celebrated its 100 years of existence in 2005.

The German Coach has over 15 years coaching experience and has coached at the highest level in Germany, Greece, Ghana and South Africa.