Just days after being spotted at a Kaizer Chiefs vs. AmaZulu FC DStv Premiership clash, Ernst Middendorp has landed a new job.
The 64-year-old mentor resigned from his role in Germany exactly a fortnight ago. He had left Moroka Swallows early this year to take over a coaching job at SV Meppen in Germany.
He later assumed the role of Director of Football at the club in addition to coaching the club. At the time of his resignation, the fourth-division club had won four of their five games.
His sudden exit came as a surprise to the club, who had kept faith in him despite failing to save them from relegation.
Last weekend, Middendorp was spotted taking notes at the Chiefs-AmaZulu tie, which ended in a 3-0 win for Amakhosi.
SINGIDA FOUNTAIN GATE APPOINT ERNST MIDDENDORP
He has since been appointed as the new head coach of Tanzania outfit Singida Fountain Gate. The club announced on Friday via it’s social media platforms.
Singida parted ways with Hans van Pluijm, who has been in charge for a year. The club’s CEO, Olebile Sikwane, said the Dutchman would “forever be part of the club’s history” when announcing his departure this week.
He credited him for having recorded a historic achievement last season by finishing in the top four and qualifying the club for the CAF Confederation Cup.
The club recently advanced to the second round of the competition. Hans’s last match in charge of Singida was a 2-0 defeat to JKU of Zanzibar. Nonetheless, they progressed to the next phase, thanks to a 4-3 aggregate win. This was after they won 4-1 in the first-leg clash in Dar es Salaam.
Middendorp is a highly respected coach with a wealth of experience. He has previously worked in Germany, Ethiopia and South Africa, where he has managed teams such as Maritzburg United Kaizer Chiefs.
He will be hoping to lead Singida to more success in the coming seasons.
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