Baxter set for century milestone


Baxter currently sits one shy of the century mark, accumulating 99 games at the helm since his forgetful first game in charge in the MTN8 quarter-finals which ended in a 4-1 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns on 5 August 2012.  

The Englishman could have already reached a century of games on the bench but chose not to travel to Cote d’Ivoire in April for Chiefs’ second-leg of the CAF Confederations Cup against ASEC Mimosas, with his assistant Doctor Khumalo taking charge for that game.

Baxter will reach triple figures having won 62 out of the 99 games in all competitions that he has been in charge, drawing 21 and losing 16.

The former Bafana Bafana coach was in charge for 37 games in his first season before leading the Glamour Boys in 47 matches last campaign, and has so far called the shots in 15 games this season.

The tactician has won the 2012/13 ABSA Premiership, 2013 Nedbank Cup and 2014 MTN8 Cup since he arrived at Naturena during the winter of 2012.

His reign as the Chiefs boss has also brought him personal awards after he was named the 2012/13 PSL Coach of the Year.

Heading into Wednesday’s League match in Kwa Zulu-Natal,  Baxter will be encouraged by the fact that he has won all his four previous games against Usuthu,  giving him hope that he will complete his 100 games in charge with a smile at the end of 90 minutes.

Wednesday’s game will be the 70th League match in charge for the 61-year-old who has won 42 out of 69 PSL encounters, drawing 19 and losing just eight for a total of 145 points.

Baxter’s Chiefs have gone 14 consecutive games unbeaten in the League since suffering a 1-0 home defeat to Mpumalanga Black Aces in April which derailed their title defence last season.

AmaKhosi will be hoping to maintain their superb start to the League campaign, which has left them eight points in front with just nine games played, against AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday night.