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Official: Middendorp Makes Surprise Return

Ernst Middendorp and Cape Town Spurs have made a surprise u-turn on their decision to part ways.

Just last Monday, relegated Cape Town Spurs released a statement bidding farewell to Middendorp, but it seems that they have jumped the gun on that announcement, as Middendorp and the club have since reconsidered their decisions. 

The German coach will now remain in charge in Cape Town as Spurs go down to the Motsepe Foundation Championship, with the club believing the 65-year-old is the best option to get the team straight back to the DStv Premiership.

“Cape Town Spurs F. C. are pleased to announce that Coach MIDDENDORP will be returning to the ‘Impossible Mission’ he once labelled the experience to be after he took over the team in November with only 3 points on the board,” the club announed.

“This turn of events signifies that both, club and coach, are fully invested in the vision that CT SPURS F.C. set for itself after the withdrawal of Ajax Amsterdam in October 2020.”

Middendorp took over at Spurs in November last year and was in charge for 19 games, winning five, drawing five and losing nine. But in the end, it proved to not be enough for the club to avoid finishing bottom, as they were unable to close the gap on 15th-placed Richards Bay. 

Spurs completed the season with just 23 points in total, seven points behind the Natal Rich Boyz.

While Spurs made inroads, Vusumuzi Vilakazi’s team were able to pick up important results in the final month of fixtures, and at one point almost looked like they could even escape the playoff spot. But while Richards Bay won their final game of the campaign to finish on 30 points, Royal AM, who they mathematically could have caught, were also victorious.

Middendorp will now have the directive of getting Spurs promoted immediately, and so they can get back to the DStv Premiership for the 2025/26 campaign.

It will be a new challenge for the former Kaizer Chiefs coach, who has worked at eight clubs in South Africa but has never managed a team in South Africa’s second tier.

Spurs are expected to start their pre-season training early in July.

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