SuperSport United coach Stuart Baxter feels his side deserve their Nedbank Cup final berth
Posted: 21 May 2017 Time: 12:30
Supersport United coach Stuart Baxter coach says he'll do everything in his power to ensure Nedbank Cup victory in what will be his last game in charge next month.
The defending champions were frustrated by Chippa United in Saturday’s goalless semi-final before edging the encounter 4-2 on penalties at Sisa Dukashe Stadium in East London.
Baxter, who is seeking to become the first coach to win this competition for the third time since being named the Nedbank Cup in 2008, says he’ll put everything into ending his SuperSport reign on a high, despite his Bafana Bafana commitments against Nigeria in between.
"I'll be coming back after Bafana Bafana and don't ask me how I'm going to do it - I'll be a boomerang coach and keep coming back," Baxter chuckled after the game.
"But I'm just glad for my players. They said to me before the game, ‘It'll be great way to send you off’, but that's irrelevant.
"The important thing is that if the players work as hard as they have done, like they've done this year, they deserve this final. I'll do everything I can to win this trophy."
Meanwhile, the Brit said playing the 120 minutes was the last thing they needed although he made eight changes knowing that they've an important fixture coming up away on Wednesday against Gabonese side AFC Mounana in the second match of the CAF Confederation Cup in Libreville.
"Actually we were very happy to go through this," he said.
"We rotated the squad because at least we didn't use them in the first game [the league match on Wednesday last week against Chippa].
"Eight of them didn't have the first game in their legs which I think is why we had so many chances in extra time because Chippa were dead [tired].
"They couldn't get out of their half and we were working them and we knew that. Moving the ball side to side and moving the ball between their lines was what we wanted to do.
"We didn't get the goal in normal time and extra time either, and I was thinking, ‘This going to go pear shaped’. But we got through it."
Baxter will miss this week’s CAF Confederation Cup fixture as the following day he'll be announcing his first Bafana squad, but will return in the last league clash against Platinum Stars on Saturday and the final on June 24 at Moses Mabhida Stadium before taking the national team job on a full-time basis.