Baxter implores Chiefs fans for patience

Coach promises turnaround

Neville Khoza Journalist
Stuart Baxter, head coach of Kaizer Chiefs.
Stuart Baxter, head coach of Kaizer Chiefs.
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Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter is pleading for patience as he plans to turn the club’s fortunes around.

Chiefs drew 1-1 with AmaZulu at Kings Park Stadium in Durban on Saturday, leaving them with just one victory in six matches in the DStv Premiership.

Baxter lamented his side's errors against Usuthu and said he believed they were close to turning their poor form around. 

“Well, if you have asked me if it was the result I was looking for with 1-0 down with five minutes to play, obviously yes it was. But we are looking to win games and I thought we played well in the first half,” Baxter told the Chiefs media department after the match.

“What [chances] they had we contributed to that with silly mistakes. They didn’t have many chances.

“We had four super chances where the keeper [Veli Motha] made a couple of unbelievable saves.

“But we made an elementary error. We lost the ball cheaply and there were big spaces between our defenders and we gave away the goal.

“But I hope the supporters understand the journey we are on and I hope they stick with us because I think enough is happening to encourage us and believe that this could be very good if we can shift that 10%.”

The draw left Chiefs in mid-table in the log standings, but Baxter insists he is not worried yet.

“It is very early to be looking at the table. The teams at the top, we will play all of them again, so if we can take points from them we [can] close that gap,” he said.

“I think it is important for us, the supporters, staff and players to put together a team that has an identity in the way of playing. If we can get that 10%, I tell you we will be difficult to beat.”

Meanwhile, AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy was pleased with his side’s performance despite conceding late to earn a draw.

“It was a fantastic performance from the boys. You can’t fault them. We said if we can limit the mistakes, if we don’t give them giveaways, they won’t get into this game because they don’t have the quality,” McCarthy said.

“They don’t have the quality to open us up, to break through us and create clear goalscoring opportunities from the past few games that we saw. They are still finding their feet.”

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