Middendorp extends Maritzburg stay

Maritzburg United have agreed a two-year contract extension with coach Ernst Middendorp.

The German guided the KZN side to 11th position at the end of the 2012/ 2013 Absa Premiership season, missing out on a top eight finish by a single point.

The Team of Choice have rewarded the 54 year old with another two years, saying the German is ‘earmarked as the man to bring long-term success to the Premier Soccer League club.’

Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia believes the club is in safe hands under Middendorp:

"Ernst is a hugely experienced and we have been extremely happy with his philosophy, his attitude and his commitment to the long term development of this football club.

"I am delighted that we have agreed terms and now look onto building on the foundation that has been laid last season and continue to improve as a team,” said Kadodia.

The coach has meanwhile vowed to bring glory to the KZN midlands.

“I can assure all the Maritzburg United fans we will continue to work very hard. I am very persistent in what I want to reach and will continue to give my all to ensure that the team achieves success.

“We need the fans and the City of Pietermaritzburg as a whole to get behind the team every step of the way,” said Middendorp

Middendorp is now in his second spell at the club, having first been at the helm between 2009-2011, returning to the club in January 2012.

He has also been the Kaizer Chiefs and Golden Arrows head coach, and has worked in Germany, Ghana, China and Iran.