We kept our nerves in the penalties, says Chiefs coach Baxter

Both Baxter and Komphela were satisfied with the kind of football played by both teams, as Chiefs advanced to the semis of the Telkom KO at the Charles Mopeli on Sunday
Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter expressed his delight at guiding his side to a semifinal of yet another major tournament on Sunday.

AmaKhosi needed penalty shootouts to edge the stubborn Free State Stars side, and Baxter applauded both teams for a great game of football under rainy conditions.

"I think it was a great game. I think the players of both teams gave, probably, a performance that the crowd had no right to demand really, but I'm sure everybody appreciated the hard work that went into 90 minutes plus in that sort of weather," said Baxter after the game.

Chiefs struggled with rhythm in the first half, as they were given no space to dictate the game, but Baxter was satisfied with they way his troops played in the second half.

"I thought we played really well in the second-half. We were brave. We kept on playing football despite the weather. We didn't (play) in the first-half. Steve didn't want us to play out from the back so he stopped the centre-backs from getting the ball.

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"We showed courage. We kept getting on the ball and playing. We got the equalizer and went for the winner, but it wasn't to be."

"But we kept our nerve in the penalties, and of course we've got a decent goalkeeper," added Baxter.

Free State Stars coach Steve Komphela believes his team switched off and allowed Chiefs to win the game, as he said that they lost it in the last eight minutes of regulation time.

"We always do (get our tactics spot on), it dates back many years. This match was not lost on penalties, we lost it in the 82nd minute. We were on attack and upon transition we switched off. Then they went on ahead and a goal, the defining moment," said Komphela.

Komphela was also impressed with the way the match officials handled the game under trying conditions, and he said that they did "tremendously well".

"It was not a bad match, even though it was raining and slippery. They did tremendously well, because sometimes we complain about them," added Komphela.

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