Absa Premiership

Baxter looking to rotate SuperSport players

2017-04-06 09:52
Stuart Baxter (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - With his side challenging on three fronts, SuperSport United coach Stuart Baxter says he has no choice but to rotate his players in order to keep the squad fresh.

Matsatsantsa are in fourth spot on the league standings and in with a decent shot at the title.

They are also campaigning in the CAF Confederation Cup as well as in the Nedbank Cup, where they reached the quarter-finals with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over third tier rookies KwaDukuza United on Tuesday.

Having lost in the league to Baroka FC last weekend, SuperSport were not at their best against the KwaZulu-Natal amateur side and also ended the game with 10-men after talisman Thabo Mnyamane was red-carded.

Baxter conceded after the match that at the moment results are all that count, and added that he will have to mix his selection up in months ahead in order to try and keep his squad fresh.

"It's a cup and the cup is about getting to the next round. We've got a lot of games (coming up) that we have to negotiate," Baxter was quoted saying by KickOff website.

"We're changing and chopping the team very much and you lose continuity. So sometimes you take the result in the cup and move on.

"I thought we could've made it easy for ourselves but our lack of discipline, like Thabo and our lack of quality in certain areas didn't make the night an easy one. It could have been easy but we didn't make it easy and going to the next round is the bonus.

"We are going to rotate the team again," Baxter said of his side's upcoming Confederation Cup clash away in Liberia against the BYC club on Sunday.

"You can't have players coming off one game against Baroka and playing (on Tuesday), then travelling 16 hours to Liberia and then coming back and playing (Mamelodi) Sundowns on April 13, you can't have the same players playing (all those games).

Baxter is widely being tipped to become the next Bafana Bafana coach, although his club are only willing to allow him to leave at the end of the season.

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