Chiefs to play with flair: vow
NEW Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has promised the club will play with "flair" and an "African style".
This will be good news to captain Itumeleng Khune, who welcomed the former Bafana Bafana coach yesterday on behalf of the players after the team's training session in the morning.
Khune was vocal two weeks ago about European coaches who have restricted the Glamour Boys from sticking to their traditional style of football, saying there has not been enough freedom of expression allowed in past seasons.
Baxter, who was confirmed coach for the next two years at Chiefs on Monday night, assured the players he was going to bring the best out of them.
"I won't say much today. All I can say is that this football club must get better and play effective football," the club website quoted him as saying in his first address to the players, adding that he emphasised that they will play with flair and an African style.
Baxter also promised trophies following a disappointing season for Chiefs, who will end the campaign without any silverware for the first time in a decade.
"It is my intention to bring the best out of you (the players) and make you the best you can be. I want us to work together in bringing back trophies to this club," said Baxter.
He will watch Amakhosi when they tackle Ajax Cape Town in an Absa Premiership fixture at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane tonight. Kickoff is at 7.30pm.
On Friday, Baxter will sit down with chairman Kaizer Motaung and the board to pick his assistant for the new season. Motaung said Baxter was likely to pick his man from the current Chiefs technical team of Donald Khuse, Doctor Khumalo and Arthur Zwane.
Despite snubbing local coaches for the Amakhosi job, Motaung has always insisted that mentors like Ted Dumitru, who won back-to-back PSL titles with Chiefs in 2004 and 2005, Ernst Middendorp, Muhsin Ertugral and Vladimir Vermezovic, who was sacked last month, pick former Chiefs players as their assistants. Zwane has worked with Baxter before, while the Englishman was in charge of Bafana, increasing his chances of being chosen.
The former Bafana player said: "I am delighted to reunite with the coach. He is the kind of a coach that always tries to bring out the best in his players. I have no doubt that he will succeed here."
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