Baxter: ‘No excuses for defeat’

Kaizer Chiefs coach says his players cannot blame tiredness for loss to Wits

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter expressed his bitter disappointment after his side were knockout out of the Telkom Knockout by BidVest Wits on Friday night.

Chiefs lost 3-2 to The Clever Boys and particularly in the first half failed to hit their straps. Baxter was at a loss as to explain why, rejecting claims that some of his players may have been tired after they only arrived back from national team duty on Wednesday.

“I don’t think we were tired, after you lose that sounds like an excuse,” Baxter says. “I thought for whatever reason we were a bit flat in the first half but we picked it up in the second period and we got on the front foot.

“We were playing against a very difficult team and we gave them a two-goal start and you can’t do that at this level. It was a very good pitch and we could have passed the ball better, and could have been more on the front foot in the first half.”

There was also a major injury worry for Baxter as left-back Jimmy Jambo was stretchered off late in the game with what looked like a serious knee problem.

“Jimmy’s problem is very difficult to diagnose at the moment, but he is probably out for the season,” Baxter said.

Meanwhile, Wits coach Antonio Habas was delighted with his players and the result.

“It was a very intense game, I am very happy with the performance and I must congratulate my players,” he said.