Baxter: Chiefs did better than last season

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter is delighted with the teams performance for the whole campaign, but thinks they need to do better to win the league

Following Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 win over AmaZulu at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, coach Stuart Baxter praised his side for their performance on the day. The AmaKhosi scored two first half goals through Kingston Nkhatha and Tefu Mashamaite respectively, before Katlego Mphela added the final nail in the coffin in the 54th minute.

“I think the players approached it very well,” Baxter said after the match.

“There’s always a risk that it becomes a bit of a flat performance, but I think in the first half we played our normal shape and the movement was quite good.

“A bit of a slow opening, but in the second half we changed, we played a diamond midfield and I think the lads made it work, and I thought it was outstanding,” added Baxter.

The Soweto Giants diminished Usuthu’s chance of a top eight finish. The Durban based outfit just needed a single point to remain within the top eight. Meanwhile, Chiefs defender Ivan Bukenya was awarded the Man of the Match award for his scintillating performance.

“Ivan has been patient, he’s played, he’s commanded and he’s really been learning the game this year. I thought he grew in stature, and towards the end he was a very big presence on the field,” said Baxter.

Despite failure to win the domestic league, head coach Baxter believes the players had performed well this campaign, and at the same time they’d need do more to win the league.

“The season as a whole has been a good season for the players. They’ve done very well and took more points than last year,” said Baxter.

“I think this is the highest points total of not winning the league, the best defensive record in the league, there’s a lot of positives but we’ve got to be better.

“Obviously we got to be better if we want to win the league,” he concluded.