Stuart Baxter has welcomed a mouth-watering Nedbank Cup semifinal clash with Bidvest Wits and praises his Amakhosi outfit for being up for the challenge
Kaizer Chiefs boss Stuart Baxter has lauded his troops for putting themselves in contention to defend both their PSL and Nedbank Cup titles, crediting the superb team spirit within his ranks.
“When we started out at the beginning of the season people were talking about how we were going to defend the league and the Cup," Baxter said after the Amakhosi were drawn to face Bidvest Wits in the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup on Monday.
“We’ve got to make sure that we meet that challenge. We’re here toward the end of the season and we’re in with a chance to defend both our titles (Premiership and Nedbank Cup), so that’s pleasing.
“Credit to the players that they’ve brought us to this point. Now let’s make sure that we’re still there at the death.”
Chiefs are currently second in the PSL standings, three points off leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, while challenging for the country's most lucrative Cup competition against an in-form Wits outfit, who are unbeaten in their last six appearances across both competitions.
“To say you are happy with the draw is disrespectful to your opponents," Baxter added.
“Each of the teams that we would have got, would have thrown up a different challenge… each of them difficult. This is going to be a difficult game because Gavin organises his team well and they are in a good vein of form."
Turning his attention back to his own team, Baxter urged his outfit not to look too far into the future, with the end of the season approaching at a rapid rate.
"It's absolutely vital for us to make sure that every game, every challenge, we meet square on. You have to be ready here and now and you can't allow yourself to drift toward a Cup final."