Baxter: Kaizer Chiefs will not panic

Stuart Baxter

Stuart Baxter

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter says he will not make any panic buys after his squad failed to land any silverware this season.

Chiefs were pipped to the League title by Mamelodi Sundowns last night after the Brazilians beat SuperSport United 3-0 in Tshwane, rendering Amakhosi’s 1-0 win over University of Pretoria academic.

Baxter’s side led the standings for the majority of the season but fell away badly in the last few weeks, with the strain of playing in CAF competitions as well as domestic cup matches taking its toll on his players.
But the Briton will assess the damage in his squad with a level head.

“We will not go into a panic mode. We will take stock after the final game. We will sit with Bobby [Motaung] to take stock and determine the way forward,” Baxter told the club’s website.

“We will look at the players but I’m not one for a massive squad. We will look at where there’s a need, where we need to create a balance and make a determination accordingly.” Baxter was content with his side’s display against Tuks.

“I am pleased with the win. We consolidated our second position on the log and the players deserve to be right there with the leaders. I’m pleased with the lads after running on empty for some time now,” he added.

“I do not want to sound any excuse at this stage. At times we played well but we lacked imagination in the final third but generally I was pleased with the proceedings.” The Chiefs coach also congratulated new League champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

“I would like to put it on record to congratulate Sundowns. Pitso [Mosimane] and his lads were able to keep the nerves. The log doesn’t lie,whichever way you look at it, the best team in a season is a team on top of the log,” Baxter admitted.

“Bobby told us in the dressing room that we have to play for the pride [in our last match against AmaZulu], for the points that could have won the League in any season and for the next season,” he added.


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