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Baxter warns title challenge will fade if players are not mentally strong

Kaizer Chiefs need to have a a tough attitude if they are to have any chance of ending their long-standing title drought and come away with the Premier Soccer League title at the end of the season, says coach Stuart Baxter.

Chiefs continued their unbeaten run league at the weekend and kept up their lead at the head of the standings but gave away an injury time goal to Maritzburg United in a 1-1 away draw on Friday.

It has led Baxter to warn his players that when they have control of a game not to let it slip.

“We need to be stronger mentally if we are to challenge for honours this season. We also need to be more disciplined in the last 10 minutes of a game and I felt we lack both of these elements in the last 10 minutes against Maritzburg,” said the former Bafana Bafana boss.

“We were all disappointed in the manner in which we gave away the lead,” he added.

Baxter now has 10 days to work on that side of the Chiefs’ game as the club have the coming weekend off, because of their early elimination from the Telkom Knockout. AmaKhosi next play Lamontville Golden Arrows at Polokwane on Tuesday, November 6.

The quest for the title has become an obsession at Chiefs, who have won more championships than any other South African team but last lifted the league trophy in 2005.