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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
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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."