Absa Premiership

Baxter feeling the pressure

2014-04-17 20:57
Stuart Baxter (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs players are under immense pressure and have vowed to win three titles as the PSL season begins to wind up.

"It's a tough, gruelling challenge that we face, but I believe the players are ready to take it on," coach Stuart Baxter said on Thursday.

He was speaking after his team's largely uninspiring 2-0 victory over Polokwane City at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday night.

With Chiefs bidding to retain their PSL title, as well as the Nedbank Cup, Baxter says it was essential to "view one game at a time".

"Looking ahead and concentrating on what could lie ahead can only be distracting and costly."

The team is also beginning its campaign in CAF's Confederation Cup against Ivory Coast's ASEC Mimosa on Sunday.

Mimosa is as formidable as DRC club AS Vita in Baxter's view.

AS Vita recently eliminated the Amakhosi from the more prestigious CAF Champions League.

"The trip to the Ivory Coast for the second leg is going to be a supreme test, that is why it will be essential to stamp our authority during the home leg of the tie."

Despite indifferent form, Chiefs were never seriously challenged by Polokwane City after George Lebese opened the score in the eighth minute.

And former SuperSport United midfielder George Maluleka sealed the issue with Chiefs' second goal in the 72nd minute, with a swerving, deflected shot that gave City goalkeeper Modiro Marumo no chance.

It was Maluleka's first goal since joining the Amakhosi and he celebrated with an elaborate victory dance afterwards.

Maluleka said the goal was a great boost for his morale and confidence.

"I'm only beginning to settle down at Chiefs," he added.

"My best with the club is still to come."

The victory left Chiefs in second spot in the PSL table, trailing log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by three points.

With a game in hand and the growing prospect that goal difference and even goals scored could ultimately decide the destination of the PSL championship.

Sundowns and Chiefs are now level on goal-difference after Sundowns 1-0 win over Black Aces, but Sundowns have scored eight more goals than the Amakhosi.

At the other end of the log table, the Polokwane team sunk deeper into the relegation mire.

Their rivals to make the drop to the National First Division, Free State Stars, came away with a victory over Pretoria University on Wednesday.

With Golden Arrows seemingly doomed to relegation at the bottom of the log, Polokwane and Free State Stars are on equal points in the battle to avoid the relegation-promotion play-offs.

Polokwane coach Boebie Solomons said he remained confident his side would not make a speedy return to the National First Division.

"Losing against a team of Chiefs' calibre is no disgrace and we gave away the two goals through careless defensive errors," Solomons said.

Read more on:    kaizer chiefs  |  psl  |  stuart baxter  |  johannesburg  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Free State Stars v SuperSport United, Goble Park 19:30
Mamelodi Sundowns v Maritzburg United, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Friday, 15 December 2017
Cape Town City FC v AmaZulu FC, Cape Town Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 15:30
Chippa United v Polokwane City, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Free State Stars v Orlando Pirates, Goble Park 18:00
Wits v Platinum Stars, Bidvest Stadium 20:15
Kaizer Chiefs v Ajax Cape Town, Moses Mabhida Stadium 20:15
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.