Anthony Akumu was handed his first start for Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup but was taken off at halftime, and Ernst Middendorp has now explained why he was withdrawn.
Chiefs were bundled out of the Nedbank Cup at the Last stage after a penalty shoot-out loss to Highlands Park on Saturday afternoon.
Akumu started in midfield alongside Willard Katsande but was hauled off along with Bernard Parker at halftime with the score deadlocked at 0-0.
“I think actually [Anthony] Akumu had his first 45 minutes, we had a bit of a miscommunication, not really as we wanted to see it,” Middendorp told SuperSport after the game.
“George [Maluleka] is good at complimenting [Khama] Billiat in the central, we got a little bit of the ball in this passing.
“What we tried to do, receive it and passing it through the midfield, good. Dumisani Zuma is always a player who can win one against one, with his variability can give us something.
“In the end we have seen it but, through the length of the entire extra-time, you need a field. You need something, if you want to do your dribbling, if you want to do your combination passing, it [more space] was not there, good that’s the reason why I changed,” he added.