Baxter: Chiefs courage to keep playing was admirable

AmaKhosi displayed a great mentality to come back twice against The Team of Choice, a match which ended 2-2 at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Tuesday evening

The home side gave the AmaKhosi an early scare when they opened up the scoring with a superb long range effort from Ryan De Jongh in the opening minute of the match. Chiefs immediately replied when Kingston Nkhatha leveled the score with a simple tap in.

Just after the half hour mark, Bhongolwethu Jayiya beat goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune from the penalty spot, after Lorenzo Gordinho brought down Kurt Lentjies inside the 18 yard area. Chiefs found the equalizer yet again, this time though Tefu Mashamaite with only 11 minutes to spare.

“I think it was a fantastic game for the crowd, on a pitch that probably wasn’t conducive to good football but they saw some very good football,” Baxter said after the game.

“I think the boys showed character, they kept playing football, they didn’t panic and we got back in the game.

“I thought at 1-1 we were dominating and then we go 2-1 down, and again they showed character and kept playing football all the way through to the last minute, so I can’t complain,” he added.

Baxter felt that his team did well during the first half despite trailing by one goal, and that he did not want to make any drastic changes at half time because of that. Though, in the 60th minute of the game he felt that it was time, and he immediately made a double substitution when he introduced Katlego Mphela and George Lebese.

“I can’t complain, their discipline and their courage to keep on playing was admirable,” Baxter said, following his teams come back to claim a point.

Baxter added that right back Lorenzo Gordinho did a great job even though he played out of position against a motivated Maritzburg that was looking to strike on counter attacks.

“It is a big test for the young boy (Gordinho). I’m pleased with him, and for his first game I think he did very well,” said Baxter.