Swallows FC coach Ernst Middendorp has made a surprise return to Germany, leaving the Soweto giants to join Third Bundesliga side Meppen.

Middendorp cancelled his contract with t he Dube Birds that was running until 2026 and signed with Meppen until the end of the campaign.

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“We are convinced that Ernst Middendorp can help us with his experience in our current situation,” Meppen Sporting Director Heiner Beckmann said.

“I have always been in contact with Middendorp and know how extensively he follows the 3. Liga and in particular Meppen, even from afar.”

Middendorp leaves Swallows in 14th place, with eight games to go. He was in charge 10 DStv Premiership games, winning three, drawing two and losing five – including a 4-1 defeat to Orlando Pirates last week Friday.

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The German tactician is expected to arrive in Germany on Wednesday and will take charge of his first session in the afternoon.

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