Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter said his decision not to start some of the Bafana caps when his team played Polokwane City at the Moses Mabhida on Saturday had nothing to do with Bafana
“The decision that prompted me not to start with players like Bernard Parker and Reneilwe Letsholonyane had nothing to do with Bafana. I am not taking any orders from the national team coach, and I know Igesund will never tell me what to do,” said Baxter.
Baxter said he will not compromise his club because there are players that must be rested.
“My first priority is the Kaizer Chiefs team and that is what I am getting paid for. Having said so, I do respect the national team and the players that are part of it. I will do my best to assist the national team where I can but I will not be told which players to play or not to play because they will sustain injuries."
Despite Chiefs winning this match 2-0 courtesy of Sthembiso Ngcobo and substitute Kingston Nkhatha, the coach said he was pleased with the win and he is grateful that he did not underestimate his opponent Polokwane City.
The coach was not impressed with Kaizer Chiefs performance but rather the outcome, and said his team still has a lot work to do.
“Firstly I must give credit to Polokwane City, first the effort that they put in this match. They played good football and I must say they maintained their position
“We are still making silly mistakes and we need to improve on those small little things. But all in all I am happy with the win. Our focus will now be on finishing strong and we look forward to the next round,” said Baxter.