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Stuart Baxter Kaizer Chiefs reader questions

Posted: 20 September 2013 Time: 12:00

Kaizer Chiefs mentor Stuart Baxter shares his thoughts on a number of issues affecting the club.’s Tiyani wa ka Mabasa asked Chiefs fans for some questions for Baxter and had a one-on-one with the coach on Thursday. This is how it went…

Are you satisfied with the way the team has been playing this season?
“I’m not satisfied with the results, because you always want more. I could look at every game, break it down and rationalise it. At the end of that, I’m think if we gave 5-10% more in those games we could have won every game but we didn’t give that 5-10% and that’s the challenge we’ve got now to try and get it from the players… We’ve had an okay start; it is not bad, but it is not great. It is something to build on… There are no easy games. I’m of the opinion that if we play the way we can play, we can beat any team in the League – that’s me as a Chiefs coach, but I also know if we show those inconsistencies and lack of focus then we can shoot ourselves in the foot and almost anybody in the League can roll us over.

Are you confident the team can defend the League?
If I say I’m not confident, then what am I doing in this job? I am confident. I’m confident in my ability and I’m confident in the players’ ability. Now, does that translate into me blowing the trumpet and say we gonna walk over everybody that comes? No, it doesn’t… If you ask me halfway through the season and we’ve been scratching around and not really delivering then I will give you a more honest answer.

From what we gather, most Chiefs fans are concerned that you don’t have the depth to repeat what you did last season after buying only two players in Knowledge Musona and Simphiwe Mtsweni. The fans feel the team may struggle when you are hit by injuries and suspensions. Your thoughts on that?
We don’t want to bring in players that we think will create problems. For example, if we bring in someone as good as Bernard [Parker] and that new player doesn’t play, then certainly this guy is gonna be a problem for us because he would be complaining all the time that he’s not being played.

So that could be bad for team spirit…
Yes, what we have had over the last 12-14 months is a very good, solid attitude from the players. Now, I don’t want to change that but at the same time we don’t want to be caught out when we have injuries or suspensions. So to answer the question, it is a very difficult one to solve. We are aware that we got to beef up when we go out to Africa, we are aware of that. We are aware that if we get yellow cards and injuries, it could be a bad thing. I understand if our fans say that, but I will remind them that they probably said the same last year and we solved it. We hope we can solve it, but if we don’t then the transfer window will open again [in January].

Which areas of your squad must be beefed up?
I think we definitely need a central midfielder and time will tell whether we need another attacking player – a wide or central striker. Definitely, we need a central midfielder for obvious reasons; we don’t have a natural replacement for Willard Katsande. Yeye [Reneilwe Letsholonyane] can do it if we need him to change from his normal position, but we don’t have that natural replacement for Willard and given his style of play, and the amounts of games he’s played for Zimbabwe and Chiefs, I think we must seriously look at that and that’s why we have been looking at Ivan Bukenya, because he can cover for Willard and for our centre backs.

Moving on, why do Chiefs use the airplane more often this season compared to last season when you often travelled by bus?
Certainly, we want to minimise the fatigue on the players. By the start of last season, we didn’t have so many players in the national team, so now many of my players go to the national team [Bafana Bafana] and a couple more go to Zim. So during that period, I have 12 players working with me at the village and then the national team players return and it is game after game… We are walking a tightrope.

Some people argue that players such as Messi and Ronaldo play 60 games a season, so why is it that you always talk about your players risking being fatigued when the most they can play in a season is about 40 games?
Tsepo [Masilela] told me that he has not had a break in two years and with Ronaldo, I can guarantee you that when the season finishes he has 10 weeks [for a break] and he’s gone, and he doesn’t do a thing. He would go jogging on the beach so when he’s back he’s recuperated and he can go on with the 60 games. So that’s why the bus trips were killing the players last season and we have to try finding a way to lighten the load on the players.

Lastly, are you making headway with the youth set-up at the club because that’s part of your mandate?
It’s going very quickly. We designed the development programme and that is now a working document. We’ve done assessments on the coaches and our technical director Bo Augustsson has arrived, and he together with Conti Kubheka are trying to implement the working document. So we’ve done the player audit and scouts have been informed of where we need to beef up the youth squads. So the process is moving and the infrastructure at the village has started. We are at the Nike Centre [in Soweto] now – it is not perfect because a lot of people can go there, so Bo and Conti are trying to get all that in place so when we pick the youth players in eight to nine months to the village, I’m hoping everything is in place.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

Nestee GodFada Nespray (Beauty and the Beast-YEYE)
posted: 2013-09-20 10:13:14

LoveMore Moyo: why did you leave Man United after such a succesful reign? They even named the Northen stands stands after you, the "Sir Alex baxter" stands.

Stuat: I always seek new challenges. After leaving Man United last season...i have already won Club World Cup with my new team Kaizer Chiefs.

Moyo: why did Spain not re-new your contract after winning World Cup 2010 with them?

Stuat: The spanish media was questioning my CV....i had to go.

posted: 2013-09-20 10:15:43

In Baxter i believe we can do it again dis season.wat a gud mentor

posted: 2013-09-20 10:17:58

Dream on .....BAXSTURD

Land Surveyor Magebula
posted: 2013-09-20 10:22:20

You know MR Editor at once i made a noise about this KATSANDE thing, but now i realize that AJAX CAPETOWN was right with this cow, he cnt timely make a good tackle without getting booked, and that makes him plays under pressure and you cnt be scared to play when you in the midfielder, u knw what i mean, remember our game against the Champion League contenders? what ACE done to him? it was embarrassing concluding BAXTER.

posted: 2013-09-20 10:22:58

If I was Kaizer I would make ths man a technical director and look for a coach.

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posted: 2013-09-20 10:24:07

I think Kickoff have another Office in de ZOO

posted: 2013-09-20 10:31:44

Land Surveyor Magebula he is always wasting the balls in the middle of the park n worst with his shooting and long passes the less said about his tackling the better i jst see a cow in Katsande jst the worst version of Humprey Mlwane

posted: 2013-09-20 10:33:08

Yesterday it was an open media day @Naturena, so all the stories are as a result of that.

posted: 2013-09-20 10:35:27

u forget to ask him what does he sees in Nkatha that he cant take him out even on his worst perfomance, jst remember Nkatha on his best is the worst version of former pirates striker Patrick Machete so jst think hw he is on his worst perfomance

Caf Champ Marapo
posted: 2013-09-20 10:35:29

Nestee GodFada Nespray Hahahahahah tikitkiktiktakatakaa haha lol kamena kawena my champ.

Lovemore Moyo: Go on Stuart

Stuart: I think credit should always be given where it is due. I mean after my exploits in the UEFA Champions League with Bayern last season they decided to hire Pep Gurdiola without even informing me.

posted: 2013-09-20 10:37:08

Nestee GodFada Nespray dont forget that he is the first ever coach to win PSL in his 1st season

posted: 2013-09-20 10:38:10

Those who have studied strategy or are strategy implementers in their respective companies or elsewhere will definitely understand the response from Mr Baxter. This interview was one sided i'm afraid however it answers a lot about how you run a football club as business.

There will be a whole lot from the left wing who will look at this and try to find faults about this responses and begin to brew their little storms with no cloud because of hatred of this man but not his vision and business acumen.....

Lets here...our neighbours coach analysis of the beautiful game and I will take it from there. Hopefully Zola Doda is on his way to their training grounds in JHB stadium...

posted: 2013-09-20 10:38:15

JS-KhosiChamp there was no Media Day yesterday at Chiefs. This was one-on-one. tidos, we had a story on Nkhatha this morning.

Caf Champ Marapo
posted: 2013-09-20 10:40:13

Nestee GodFada Nespray Lovemore Moyo: What are your view of this season so far?

Stuart Baxter: Lovemore i think the season is going very well for us. I mean my club Pirates is on the verge of qualifying for the Semifinals of of CL and on tuesday i have a great opportunity of headind into the finals of MTN8 with the away goal we scored against Chiefs in the first leg.


posted: 2013-09-20 10:42:09

TTM16 tidos i missed it man

posted: 2013-09-20 10:48:25

but why all this questions it still early the things will be alright soon we have the best squad in psl and i believe we can defend the league title and we will win MT8 ,TELKOM KNOCKOUT AND DEFEND OUR NEDBANK CUP WATCH THIS SPACE

posted: 2013-09-20 10:49:45

TTM16 so with this new livefyre program launched by kickoff then we can chat with you guys here as well? But I see this is your twitter handle... Unjani mfethu? Thanks for the good stories

posted: 2013-09-20 10:53:42

guys help me here hw do i stop this livefyre bombarding mu e-mail box with message cz nw my e-mail wil crash

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posted: 2013-09-20 11:01:37

Khosiborn The fact that you are saying now about him bn first first coach if you say that ln 5year time frm now ppl will cut your head off like they wanted to do with Zola yesterday about those statistics they will tell u it never happened

posted: 2013-09-20 11:03:10

Land Surveyor Magebula Uyabhuda wena; Compare Rihanna with Edwin Jimah of SS United. These two players are combative in nature, but referees are under pressure from external forces Jonas Nhlapo spoke about, to target KC. How can palyers who are as daring as Mahamutsa kick others on their crown jewels and get away with it?


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