Ghana defender Mohammed Awal could have a new coach at his South African club Maritzburg United next season as the future of the German coach Ernst Middendorp who brought him to the club is in doubt.

Ernst Middendorp

Ghana defender Mohammed Awal could have a new coach at his South African club Maritzburg United next season as the future of the German coach Ernst Middendorp who brought him to the club is in doubt.

Middendorp, whose 18-month contract runs out next month, will meet the board next week to discuss a new deal.

The former Kotoko and Hearts trainer gave the club a taste of what life in the Absa Premiership top eight would be like, only for a late-season slump to wash away hopes of a top-half finish.

That slump ? two wins in their past 10 matches ? and the board?s unhappiness with the defensive-minded style of play is what has put Middendorp?s job in jeopardy.

Chairman Farook Kadodia expressed his disappointment over the team?s possible failure to secure a top-eight spot but maintained Middendorp still had his backing to achieve the feat next season.

?We did well this season, produced good football, but for some reason we allowed ourselves to slip in the second round.

?Although I?m disappointed that we are not finishing comfortably in the top eight, I believe we assembled a good team and if the nucleus of the team remains for next season, we will have strength,? Kadodia said.

?Stability is very important and I?ve got an open-minded approach with Middendorp. I believe that he can do it, he has obviously seen what has gone wrong this season and he can put it right.?

Maritzburg have finished either 11th or 12th in the past four seasons, meaning their efforts this season have been on a par with previous years.

Middendorp, on the other hand, remained upbeat about the team?s 11th-place standing, saying lack of financial resources and squad depth had strangled their efforts.

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