Lee Baxter looking to emulate his father Stuart at Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 19 July 2018 Time: 18:00
Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper coach Lee Baxter is keen to follow in his father’s footsteps by helping the club win silverware, and says working at Amakhosi is an inspiration in itself.
Baxter joined Chiefs five months ago as a replacement to the late Alexandre Revoredo, who passed away while still employed at the club in August last year.
The former junior Blackburn Rovers shot-stopper was brought in as Head of Goalkeeping – working with the first team as well as ensuring the development of goalkeepers at all levels of the club alongside Brian Baloyi, who has since departed.
With his first few months having ended in disappointment last season, Baxter – son to Bafana Bafana coach Stuart – is itching to play his role in helping The Glamour Boys clinch some titles just as his father did during his spell in charge.
“I’m excited for the new season, I’m really happy to be part of Kaizer Chiefs. When I came in the beginning, I knew it was a big club and it was a massive inspiration for me to work with the finest in South Africa,” Baxter told the media at the club’s Mandela Day celebrations.
“It’s just been an inspiration from the start until now, and it’s ongoing. Anything I can contribute to bring back silverware to the club, I’m willing to do.
“Obviously I’m very close to being like my dad, I’m very driven in what I do and I’m very passionate about what I do. And I want to pass that on to the goalkeepers so we can bring silverware back to the club.
“As a football player in general, irrespective of what level you play on, you’re never the complete product. There are always things you can work on, on a daily basis. And I think that’s the thing of being a professional – it’s knowing that and being humble in the job.
“There’s obviously certain things I’ve taken with me from Europe and I’d like to bring in an added touch to the South African flair. Working with the guys in general is a big inspiration for me.”
Baxter will now be working under new coach Giovanni Solinas to ensure the likes of Itumeleng Khune, Virgil Vries, Bruce Bvuma and Brylon Pietersen perform to their maximum capabilities and inspire the rest of the team to success.