Thursday, 15 October 2020 10:31

Photo Credit:Muzi Ntombela. 

Saint George have announced the arrival of former Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp, who is expected to take up the reins of the side in the next week.

Middendorp was axed as Chiefs boss after failing to lead the side to the league title last month on a heart-breaking final day when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Baroka FC, but has jumped straight back into coaching in East Africa.

"Saint George appointed Ernst Middendorp as the first team head coach," the club announced. "The former Kaizer Chiefs coach is expected to assume his post within a week. The Ethiopian Premier League is scheduled to commence the season on December 3.

"The experienced coach has almost two months to prepare his team for the new season."

It will be a first job for the German coach in East Africa. Aside from his extensive stay in South Africa, he has also previously led Ghanaian sides Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak.

Saint George have won a record 29 league titles in Ethiopia, to go with 12 national cups. They made the group stages of the CAF Champions League in 2017.