Absa Premiership

Baxter warns new faces of complacency

2016-09-08 17:11
Stuart Baxter (Gallo)

Cape Town - SuperSport United coach Stuart Baxter admits he has a challenge on his hands after the club signed so many of the players he worked with at Kaizer Chiefs.

Matsatsantsa last week signed ex-Amakhosi captain Tefu Mashamaite on a two-year deal from Swedish side Hacken BK, the fifth former Chiefs player to reunite with Baxter.

The Tshwane outfit also signed Keagan Richie, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Morgan Gould and Reyaad Pieterse.

Baxter has warned that if the quintet are thinking of being in a comfort zone and see themselves as first-team regulars without working for their positions, then they are wrong.

"They know what I want and they know the structure and the principles we're going to work with," the Englishman said. "It will not take long for them to gel with the new company.

"On the other hand, you've got to get past that familiarity and people maybe thinking that 'I've got my old coach and he likes me and I'm comfortable'. You know you've got to get past that now.

"It's our country's thing. We don't want people walking into a comfort zone, we want people who will be going to a new challenge with new goals and new ambitions. I've got to try and set those standards.

"Everybody that I've worked with before present their own challenges in a way. But if players meet those challenges, I feel there's not going to be any problems."

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