Absa Premiership

Baxter proud of Amakhosi

2015-04-07 07:36
Stuart Baxter (Supplied)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter insists he is still proud of his side's performance in the CAF Champions League, despite crashing to a 3-0 aggregate defeat at Raja Casablanca.

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Amakhosi headed to Morocco on Sunday looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg in March, but were unable to find a way through and were subsequently punished late on as Osaguona Ighodaro made the most of two defensive howlers to wrap up a 2-0 win on the night.

And, despite their continental adventure coming to an end at the qualifying first round, Baxter feels Chiefs' attacking intent and determination to get forward was exactly the kind of performance they needed, even if they let themselves down in front of goal.

"We played well, but we didn't take our chances," the coach told Chiefs' official website.

"Let's be honest, Raja have a good team. Congratulations to them for the win."

Looking back on the encounter, Baxter added: "It was a mental game as well, as Raja was thinking 'do we go for the second goal, after the one scored in Durban, or do we defend?'.

"Towards the end, we were pushing and pushing for the goal that we needed to get at least equal with Raja. That's when they punished us on mistakes.

"Most games are decided in transition and this game was a typical example. However, I will continue to have my players play like this, to always play positive and go forward to try creating a goal."

He continued: "Still, my players did a good job. But we failed to profit from the chances that came our way. We should have taken those and be more clinical. However, overall, I am proud of my team's performance tonight."

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