Absa Premiership

Shabba: Baxter 'a genius'

2014-04-16 14:03
Siphiwe Tshabalala (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala believes Stuart Baxter deserves plenty of credit for the side's achievements so far this season, describing the coach as a "tactical genius".

According to the football411 website, the Glamour Boys are on track to successfully defend their PSL title, and although they sit second in the standings, they are only three points behind current leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, with a game in hand over the Tshwane giants.

Chiefs are next in action away to Polokwane City on Wednesday, while they also have a Nedbank Cup semi-final against Bidvest Wits to look forward to at the beginning of May, and Tshabalala believes Baxter has been the driving force behind the team's current success.

"So many people associated with Kaizer Chiefs have made significant contributions to the cause during what has been a great season and one to remember," Tshabalala told his official website.

"We are at the business end of the campaign and find ourselves in a position where we are challenging for silverware on two fronts.

"Despite recent setbacks (defeats against Sundowns and Black Aces), we are still very much in the hunt for the Premier League title. We are also just two wins away from defending our Nedbank Cup title.

"We are in this exciting position because of the tremendous efforts of the players, staff, grounds man and supporters.

"But one man who has held it all together and made it possible is coach Stuart Baxter. The man is a tactical genius and I don't think he has been given the credit he deserves.

"When we win the plaudits often go to the players, but rarely to the coach for coming up with the right game plan or for making astute substitutions during key stages in a match.

"Baxter is a thorough taskmaster who leaves nothing to chance. The players go into matches knowing what is expected of them, each and every one of us. The team he puts out reflects his winning mentality."


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