Baxter still pleased with performance

BY NATALI IVERSON - OCTOBER 14, 2014

Kaizer Chiefs coach, Stuart Baxter, has said that he is pleased with his second string players performance during the Macufe Cup match against Bloemfontein Celtic at the Free State Stadium on Sunday, despite his side going down 5-3 on penalties after tying 1-1.

"The game itself was good for the supporters,” Baxter said.

“We started well and I thought our lads did well. We then lost our shape towards the end of the first half and they took over until they scored. We regrouped quickly and it became an end to end affair."

"We left about 12 players at home. Celtic are a good opposition, hence I felt we played well."

Chief’s captain and goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune, will soon be returning to the squad after injury. Baxter has been putting his hopes in goalkeeper, Brilliant Khuzwayo and has given Riyaad Pieterse some game time as well.

"Both keepers did well with some fine saves. Their keeper also saved some of our goal bound shots.”

Baxter is confident that his second string players will improve and was glad to have given them a chance to experience the Chiefs system.

“Some of our players have still a lot to learn about our system of play. Players like Phakamani Mngadi and Ovidy Karuru for example will catch up with the rest of the squad soon. They will be going forward after this game knowing where they need to improve and consolidate."

“The players will work hard knowing they have to fight to get into the starting eleven. I'm happy they are finding their feet."

Chiefs will next face Ajax Cape Town on the 18th of October, for their ABSA Premiership match at the Cape Town Stadium.

 

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