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Middendorp – Why Radiopane Performance Impressed Me

After their 3-1 win over AmaZulu last Saturday, Cape Town Spurs head coach Ernst Middendorp reserved special praise for Boitumelo Radiopane, who is on loan at the Urban Warriors from Orlando Pirates.

Radiopane only played the first half of the game, and did have a penalty saved by Olwethu Mzimela, but the young striker put in a strong performance in the 45 minutes he was on the pitch, causing a lot of problems for AmaZulu’s experienced defence.

And why Middendorp was especially delighted, was because it was Radiopane’s first minutes since breaking his foot at the end of May last year. The 21-year-old was not even able to play in a training game before getting a runout, and Middendorp was impressed.

“We can mention a lot of guys [as] Man of the Match but knowing that Boitumelo Radiopane played not one test game after being out since last May or June,” Middendorp said at the post match press conference.

“He was three days now with us in full training and if you see a player handling 45 minutes in such a way, impressive.

“This is really something what I was not expecting, I was prepared to look around after 20 minutes already to see what’s going on.

“But it is really something where I can see that he wants to contribute, he wants to help us, chasing and despite he’s by far not in a way where you can say ‘wow, he’s now fit or 100% percent level’, not at all.

“But impressive how under these circumstances he did it.”

Spurs picked up their second win of the season to move to seven points on the log and will now turn their attention to the Nedbank Cup where they will face University of Pretoria on Wednesday.

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.