The former Bafana Bafana coach has taken over at the Amakhosi, and he has a clear vision of what he wants from his new set of playersStuart Baxter has given some hint as to the type of football we can expect from Kaizer Chiefs next season.
The former South African national team coach took over the reins at Naturena two weeks ago, and while he has admitted to KickOff.com that he knows very little about the players at his disposal, he does have a very clear of how he will want his charges to play next season.
“What I want to do is strike a balance between an African football that allows people the freedom to put their soul into the game, but at the same time we want to make it organised and efficient so that our football leads to us winning games and trophies and not only to make us a few friends but then disappointment,” Baxter said.
“That’s the marriage I’m looking for, but I can’t promise that because at this moment I don’t know exactly how that marriage is going to look.
“The players will tell me when I’m working with them what I need to change and what I don’t need to change, but I’ve certainly got a big picture in my mind of how I want Kaizer Chiefs to play, and I think that will suit our supporters.”
Ironically, a lack of ‘African football’ was one of Baxter’s predecessor, Vladimir Vermezovic’s, biggest criticisms, with Itumeleng Khune in particular a very vocal critic.
But while Baxter is confident of making this work, he also admits that it might take some time to perfect.
“You can talk about dreams and hopes and aspirations, but you can’t promise we are going to play a brand of football that is going to do this and that and win x-amount of trophies,” he added.
“What you can promise is that everyone will be doing everything they can. No stone will be left unturned to try and give our supporters the success that they’ve been waiting for.”