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Ernst: That's a disaster for a club of Chiefs' magnitude

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says the club's inability to finish inside the top eight in the Premiership is a terrible situation due to the size of the team.

Chiefs suffered a 1-0 defeat in their final league match to Chippa United last Saturday - a result which means they finished outside the top eight.

It has been a calamitous campaign as they recorded new record lows in terms of points total, defeats and goals scored.

Middendorp told his side's official website: "We could have played for another two hours and still not score. We started very well, and you could see our intentions from the first whistle.

"You can point at several factors that changed the game and looking back to say we should have done much better.

"I noticed that after Chippa's player Tebogo Makobela sustained a severe injury, players lost focus. I noticed that they pulled away from getting stuck in.

"Still, we got numerous chances and we had a big penalty appeal at some point."

Ahead of this weekend's Nedbank Cup final against TS Galaxy, he added: "We have to regroup quickly and find the right atmosphere going into the next match. It is no use at this stage to dwell on what happened.

"It goes without saying that we didn't qualify for the top eight and that's a disaster for a club of Chiefs' magnitude and expectations. It's a huge disappointment."