Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter admitted he was proud of his
players after they saw off Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 to book their place
in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals.
According to the Football411 website, Amakhosi entered Saturday's tie having cruised to a 3-0 win away
to Phunya Sele Sele in the PSL a fortnight ago, and Lincoln Zvasiya's
deflected header this weekend gave the Soweto giants their place in the
Speaking after the match, Baxter told his club's official
website: "I am proud of the players. It is not easy to come here (to
Bloemfontein) and win two games in a space of two weeks.
"Credit to (Celtic) coach Clinton Larsen as they pushed us until
last minute forcing a superb save from Itumeleng Khune. They were very
organised and kept on going."
Questions were asked about the state of the pitch at the Free
State Stadium after the tie, with Baxter admitting the conditions were
well below par for a top South African stadium.
He added: "I sympathise with Larsen who has to play on this pitch week in week out.
"These are the two teams that enjoy playing football and the condition of the pitch did not really help."
And while Baxter was more than happy to celebrate the
quarter-final success, the Englishman is looking to quickly shift the
squad's focus to the PSL, where they travel to the Dobsonville Stadium
to face rivals Moroka Swallows on Saturday.
"We just have to focus on our game and of course this weekend we
have a big game, a Soweto Derby against Moroka Swallows in the league,"