Baxter slams Free State Stadium pitch

Baxter complains Free State Stadium pitch Kaizer Chiefs Bloemfontein Celtic

Posted: 18 September 2013 Time: 09:22 am

Stuart Baxter says the Free State Stadium pitch made it difficult for Kaizer Chiefs to play their usual game in the goalless draw against Bloemfontein Celtic last night.

Read: Celtic hold Chiefs in goalless draw

Phunya Sele Sele and Amakhosi shared the spoils in a League encounter and Baxter suggests Chiefs could have done better on a more well prepared pitch.

The stadium was used for a rugby match before the Celtic versus Chiefs clash.

“I think probably the pitch beat both teams ... it was very difficult to play on it,” the coach says.

“With regards to our performance, I think we were quite good in the first half, but it was very difficult to finish on this pitch; your balance is affected, it is hard and bumpy.

“We were trying to get the finishing touch, but it was very difficult on this pitch. I don’t think the boys can play much on this surface.”

Baxter’s sentiments were echoed by Chiefs striker Kingston Nkhatha, who also feels that the reigning Premiership champions were unable to play a passing game.

“We spoke about it in the dressing room and said we shouldn’t keep it in our heads,” the Zimbabwean striker says.

“We play a passing game and it didn’t come out properly ... it was hard, but we can’t complain.”

Article by: Tiyani wa ka Mabasa
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