SuperSport United boss Stuart Baxter warns Nedbank Cup opponents Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 21 April 2017 Time: 09:13
Stuart Baxter has warned that Kaizer Chiefs will be facing a hungry team keen to get back on track when SuperSport United arrive at FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.
The two clubs' latest meeting will be dished out as a Nedbank Cup quarter-final, starting at 18h00.
Such is SuperSport’s seesaw situation at the moment that since Baroka brought their record of 19 games unbeaten in the league to an end they have gone to lose twice to Mamelodi Sundowns in consecutive matches, leaving their title challenge dependant on life support.
Through that spell they have, however, been able to negotiate their way into the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals and also bulldoze their way into the CAF Confederation Cup group stages.
On the contrary Chiefs have enjoyed a 14-match run without defeat which pumped life into their title race and left them feeling good in the Nedbank Cup.
“Every time that I have won the championship or a cup there has always been some sort of critical time or tipping point,” says Baxter.
“And I am sure that Chiefs will look back at this run and build the confidence. When you are there you also get luck to your side in this run which builds momentum and you keep going, that is what Steve [Komphela] has had now. He has been doing the same job all the time probably but at the wrong time earlier they have had their confidence knocked. I think Naturena has gotten to be a happy place to work and I think everybody is thinking more positive. In terms of the actual job that they are doing I am guessing they are doing it with a lot more confidence now and they are expecting a victory [on Saturday],” he reasons yet throwing a word of caution.
“But then going into the cup that goes out of the window a little bit because they know that it is the width of the coat to paint and that can dictate on who wins the game. So I think they know going into this now that they will facing a hungry team that really wants to get back on track. The run that is behind them won’t count for a lot in this one off encounter but they have certainly done a great job to sort of pull themselves around and I think Steve should take a pat on the back now,” adds the former Glamour Boys coach.