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Ernst baffled by supporters’ booing

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has said he could not understand why his decision to substitute youngster Happy Mashiane was booed by the club’s supporters on Wednesday.

Chiefs suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to Cape Town City, who scored a late winner following another blunder from goalkeeper Virgil Vries in the dying stages of the match at FNB Stadium.

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The supporters understandably expressed their discontent with the Namibian international after the final whistle, but earlier also booed a substitution made by Middendorp.

The German decided to haul off Mashiane 81 minutes into the 21-year-old’s league debut in a desperate effort to salvage something out of the tie, bringing on striker Ryan Moon in his place.

However, much to the perplexity of the coach, this was not well received by the crowd gathered at the match venue, and Middendorp has since explained the reason for his decision.

“I’m basically very proud that the supporters like our new introduction [Mashiane] coming from the youth [academy]. He’s contributing with a certain performance, which is absolutely okay,” said Middendorp.

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“In the moment I didn’t really understand [the booing] because I was taking a more defensive player out at 0-1 [down] and bringing in a more attacking player – that was the only reason that I had seen [to make the change].

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