Cape Town – Stuart Baxter was pleased to have seen a “decent
performance” shown second string Kaizer Chiefs side in the Macufe Cup.
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Chiefs lost on penalties to Bloemfontein Celtic after both
sides we’re levelled after the 90 minutes.
Speaking to Chiefs’ website, Baxter felt his side played
particularly well after 12 of Amakhosi's first team players did not make the trip to
participate with the team.
"The game itself was good for the supporters,” said
“We started well and I thought our lads did well. We then
lost our shape towards the end of the first half and they took over until they
scored. We regrouped quickly and it became an end to end affair."
"We left about 12 players at home. Celtic are a good
opposition hence I felt we played well."
With Itumeleng Khune nearing his return from injury, Baxter
had been relying on Brilliant Khuzwayo and now has also been giving Riyaad
Pieterse some game time as well - the two keepers shared the poles on each half.
"Both keepers did well with some fine saves. Their
keeper also saved some of our goal bound shots.”
Baxter was happy to give some newer players a go at
Chiefs’ system and is confident that players will only improve from here on
“Some of our players have still a lot to learn about our
system of play. Players like Phakamani Mngadi and Ovidy Karuru for example will
catch up with the rest of the squad soon. They will be going forward after this
game knowing where they need to improve and consolidate."
“The players will work hard knowing they have to fight to
get into the starting eleven. I'm happy they are finding their feet."