Absa Premiership

'Iffy' Chiefs irk Baxter

2013-07-28 16:27
Stuart Baxter (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs grabbed the Soweto bragging rights and the pre-season Carling Black Label trophy for the first time on Saturday, beating Orlando Pirates 1-0 at FNB Stadium.

Lehlohonolo Majoro netted in the 40th minute albeit through an offside unspotted by referee Victor Gomes, as last season's double winners clinched their second successive pre-season trophy.

 of last season's double winners, spotting a lot of room for improvement ahead of their Premiership opener against Mpumalanga Black Aces next Saturday.

"Win, lose or draw this match, we still have a lot of work to do before we start the season. I was disappointed with the way we played at times," said Baxter.

"The principles of play, when we do them well, we look a good team. When we get either a bit too self-confident, or nervous, then we look a bit iffy."

However, it was not all doom and gloom for the Amakhosi mentor in front of a sold-out capacity crowd as his charges are yet to taste defeat in pre-season.

"I will take the win and happy supporters. I will take that much rather than heading to the season having lost 2-0 to your greatest rivals," Baxter concluded.

In contrast, Pirates' lacklustre form has carried on from the second half of last season as coach Roger de Sa tried to find a winning formula to please the Ghost heading to the 2013/14 campaign.

The Buccaneers are still blunt in front of goal - a huge concern for their aspirations.

The dethroned Pirates - twice previous winners of the 'Beer Cup' - will head to their second Group A Caf Champions League tie against Egypian giants Al Ahly, in Cairo this weekend, without any form.

They were disappointingly held to a 0-0 draw at home by Congo-Brazaville's AC Leopards, easily the weakest side in their group, last week.

"We are obviously disappointed," De Sa conceded. "There are a couple of areas that we need to work on, like finishing. We go 90 minutes without scoring a goal. But now we go to Egypt which is a tough ask."

There was a Buccaneers debut for midweek signing, Kermit Erasmus, who came on in the second half against Chiefs and looked effective though he is unavailable for their African commitments because he's cup tied.


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