Baxter has Bafana concerns

2012-12-12 14:06

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter said he will hold talks with Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund amid growing concerns about the usage of his players on international duty.

According to the website, Baxter's worries stem from the way the club-versus-country issue was handled two months ago when Amakhosi had their players return from national team duty in Poland and Kenya, only to play a match 48 hours later.

Chiefs have seven players in the squad to play Malawi on December 22 and most are likely to make the cut for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squad, leaving Baxter a worried man.

"I'm gonna speak to Gordon and SAFA about the bigger picture in terms of the loading on players," Baxter told Football411.

"The national team took our players to Poland and Kenya - when they came back, we were given a game two days later against Bidvest Wits, which we have suffered for since then because for instance we have been walking a tightrope with Bernard Parker's ankle," Baxter lamented.

"It is just fatigue. So we will have a talk about the big picture. We have been told by SAFA that they don't take responsibility for the injuries that occur to the players, but they have to.

"Basically, we want our players to play for the national team and we want to support the national team but we have to use the players with some common sense and some respect," he stated.

"I'm sure we will come to some sort of agreement. You can't have the players back from the national team and play them 48 hours later, that's not common sense.

"The worrying issue for me is AFCON, because when my players return from the tournament I will have to rest them and that may mean we go into the first few games with a very depleted team.

"Now, that may be an issue that forces us into the market but we don't want to go into the market. We want to build this team through developing our own players. We can't be buying four or five players every transfer window and just play lottery whether the player who you buy will be successful or not," Baxter added.

The last round of PSL matches in 2012 will take place on December 19 and the league will resume on February 12, two days after the AFCON final, with Chiefs set to play against Mamelodi Sundowns.


  • jento.dayisi - 2012-12-12 14:36

    That's true coach , safa is being run by people who are having their own agendas , they run it like managing spaza shops, they have to think of the clubs that sacrifice and allow their employees to do duty for their nation and yet they don't give them time to recover from those nonsense matches, what will now clubs won't allow their players to do duty for them , my club chiefs is an example of a team suffered from this poor judgement by these clueless hypocrites

      chase.sharper - 2012-12-12 14:57

      I think that is kinda stupid. Surely u want the best for ur players and I'm sure every sports person wants to have the honour of playing for their country. Bafana can't afford to use second string players for the so called smaller games cos our strongest team even battles to get results

  • lucky.lehlaka - 2012-12-12 15:18

    Mr-Baxter,yu hard thinker.Thanx

  • abrammothibedi.abram - 2012-12-12 15:51

    stop complaining baxter de same thing happen when u were coaching bafana bafana and u were happy about it now because u signed a performance contract to win the league or ship out u start talking rubbish,i wish ingesund don't listen to ur crap.

      Skwertno1 - 2012-12-12 18:17

      He wants to coach Bafana from the Bucs bench, he's a fool

      tebogo.lekwape.9 - 2012-12-13 15:00

      Our Coach is not complaing but thinking ahead. Last time Yeye got injured after bafana bafana game and he didnt play for 6months. So keep it up coach at least 4 players.

  • rudzanimulaudzi.mulaudzi - 2012-12-12 16:21

    Let them play we want strong team for 2013, cause if they dont they will have more time to drink and smoke that will affect the team worse than being tired.

  • duduzile.nkosi - 2012-12-12 17:06

    Surely chiefs doesnt have only 11 players. Stop the wara wara wat wat wena baxter

      trevor.sibuyi.5 - 2012-12-13 09:32

      Do u understand what he is talking about, or u don’t understand English or soccer

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-12 20:04

    Baxter you slowly becoming a Dom-kop because for the National Duty are not being chosen because they are the favorites but on merit and if any player's current performance is on top the he must represent us irrespective whether its a whole Chippa United squad or not. Our cuontry is slowly progressing and yet u want to start funny politics and shame they don't make you look funny!

  • luvuyo.zihle - 2012-12-12 21:26

    Mr baxter u ar ritht cz all team hav wining squad .If u lost 7 players dat all of dem ar wining squad use yo right .Nd leav ezizinge sezimuncwane alon .Khosi 4lif .

  • luvuyo.zihle - 2012-12-12 21:33

    All of dis stupid coment abt baxter must stop. Chiefs ar national team demselfs umona phantsi lemifinyila le.

  • sydney.mokgopha - 2012-12-13 04:18

    This is very simple. We the khosi family appreciate the fact tht we are holding national potential, but we shld not also suffer the taste of our own medicine. Baxter has a point, and those who comments here against him,u cant fool us,u hoping chiefs can suffer from this so tht ur teams can hv league title opportunities as Chiefs is currently giving all ur teams headaches.

      luvuyo.zihle - 2012-12-13 22:33

      I lik wht u say .Every one want to see chiefs los de gam nd i dont knw wht ar gaining abt dat.Chiefs is national team .To prov u all piretes fan wer hapy when mbesuma scored against sa. Gues why bcz he scored to khune .It make sense?

  • nare.ledwaba - 2012-12-13 08:21

    The worrying issue for me is AFCON, because when my players return from the tournament I will have to rest them and that may mean we go into the first few games with a very depleted team. ................................................................................................................................. AFCON is going to be played in SA....WAT REST is Baxter talking about

      tugwana.gwalagwala - 2012-12-13 08:46

      Some people can't use their brains here. How can one ask such a lame question!!!

      trevor.sibuyi.5 - 2012-12-13 09:31

      Do u understand what he is talking about, or u don’t understand English or soccer

      philanig - 2012-12-15 10:26

      Lol, what a dumb question.

  • cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-12-13 11:37

    blah blah blah, bafana, blah blah, referees, blah blah, fatigue, blah blha, my players wil be tired, blah blha, we wil not win the league blah blah.....i will lose my job, blah blah, pirates wil win it 3 times in a row blah blaaaaaah...!!

  • edwin.phadu - 2012-12-13 19:47

    Baxter please stay out of this debate, this is our country and our Bafana Bafana not Kaizer Chiefs,Orlando Pirates,Sundowns etc, you are worried about your players what about other teams coaches,stop being selfish and put our country first, you are already preparing your supporters minds not to fault you if the team fail to reclaim the glory by winning champions, this is part of the game, I wish you could tell Spain national team coach to reduce workload of Barcelona and Real Madrid players in the national team, the answer is NO!!!

      bonaqua.delpero - 2012-12-14 18:50

      Edwin de reason is dt SAFA is nt gonna take responsibility 4 any injured players...2ndly if we reach finals Chiefs n Sundowns r gonna play psl game in 2 days...players dey ddnt rest at all...Baxter is behind Bafana Bafana jst only those issues nid to be cleard out!! At de end clubs wl b de 1 hv to gv medical attention 4 der players....I thnk u see wt I'm tryn to tell u!!!

  • philanig - 2012-12-15 10:35

    Bottom line is, it all has to be fair and considerate. If players get fatigued and eventually get injured, it is the team that suffers, because Bafana will always have the option to pick other players, whereas the team doesn't have that luxury.

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