Arrows fire Middendrop despite victory

South African Premiership club Golden Arrows fired German coach Ernst Middendorp just two days after he plotted a shock triumph at Kaizer Chiefs. There had been media speculation that a loss to Chiefs would cost the fiery 53-year-old his job following five losses in six league games, but he has been axed just days after being seen hugging his players their surprise 2-1 win.

Despite the upset, Arrows from the Indian Ocean city of Durban lie third from the bottom of the table with six points from seven matches. Middendorp also coached Chiefs and Maritzburg United in South Africa, guided leading clubs Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak in Ghana and worked in Germany, Cyprus, Iran and China.

A statement on Arrows website confirmed the sacking and said a replacement would be found "as a matter of urgency", fuelling speculation that Manqoba Mngqithi might return. Mngqithi left Arrows last year for neighbours AmaZulu and became the first Premiership coaching casualty of this season after a win-less five-match start to the league campaign.