Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says their CAF Confederation Cup defeat to ZESCO United last weekend exposed some of his team’s weaknesses which will have to be mended before the squad can attempt to avenge.

Chiefs travelled back from Ndola on Monday off the back of a 3-1 defeat to the Zambian champions in their Confederation Cup play-off round first leg tie on Sunday.

The loss left Amakhosi with an uphill battle for the second leg, which is to be hosted at the FNB Stadium this Saturday evening.

Ahead of the decider clash, Chiefs are hoping to use the Absa Premiership fixtures to sharpen their arrows.

Heading into the encounter, Middendorp has reflected on some of the critical aspects of their performance last weekend as he looks to rectify their shortcomings against Usuthu.

“We have learnt a few lessons from the CAF Confederation Cup match in Zambia. We have seen our weaknesses and it is in such challenges that you’re able to tune up your systems,” Middendorp told his club’s official website.

“We had good moments in the game. We attacked well and should we have converted some of the chances – this would’ve resulted in a different score line.

“I thought we also scored a legit goal [through Khama Billiat] that was disallowed, but that’s all in the past. We are over it and our minds are on the next game,” Kickoff.com quoted Middendorp as saying.