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Vries can handle booing – Middendorp

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Virgil Vries has not won over the Amakhosi faithful but it is a situation he is capable of dealing with, says coach Ernst Middendorp.

Chiefs have faced many challenges this season and one of them is the goalkeeping department after the injury of their long-serving captain Itumeleng Khune.

Vries did himself no favours in Khune’s absence after making some glaring errors, most notably mistakes that cost Chiefs against Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City.

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During the game against The Magic FC in the Nedbank Cup in Port Elizabeth on Sunday, supporters booed the Namibian shot-stopper as he was warming up on the sidelines.

But Middendorp is not moved by the behaviour of the fans.

“I’m really not focusing on booing players, my job is to coach the club. Supporters are there to express their emotions and they have the right to do so,” he said.

When asked if this treatment can damage Vries as a player, Middendorp felt he is a strong character who can handle the pressure in a professional manner.

When asked if this treatment can damage Vries as a player, Middendorp felt he is a strong character who can handle the pressure in a professional manner.

He responded: “No I don’t think it will kill his confidence, we are talking about a national team player for Namibia here, he has to bounce back and perform again.”

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