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Middendorp will ease new boys into action

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has explained his decision to ease his new signings into the first-team picture, saying he wants to give them time to "really adapt".

Amakhosi have bolstered their squad with two new forwards in the shape of Lazarous Kambole and Samir Nurkovic, and both players have already made their full debuts.

Central midfielder Kearyn Baccus has also made his first appearances for Chiefs, but defensive midfielder James Kotei and defender Yagan Sasman are still waiting to don the black and gold for the first time.

And Middendorp has explained the thinking behind his decision to stagger the involvement of his new signings.

"It is not unusual that players need a bit more time, and good, I'm very happy about [their progress so far]," said Middendorp, as quoted by KickOff.

"Even Lazarous Kambole is not at his best that he can bring to us, but Samir is so far a very confident type of player, knowing the professional setup.

"Lazarous is close to him; Kearyn Baccus is a bit behind, having come in later – he was not with us from the beginning [of pre-season] – and, of course, James Kotei is in a similar case.

"We have to look into how far we can give them a little bit of time, and I think with the options in different areas that we have, we can provide them that time to bring them in and to really adapt."