Baxter pleased with progress


Without many of their first team regulars, Chiefs lost Sunday’s Macufe Cup friendly against Bloemfontein Celtic 5-3 on penalties following their 1-1 draw after 90 minutes – the third year in a row that the Glamour Boys have failed to beat Siwelele in the annual clash.

“It was a decent performance from our lads," the British tactician told his club’s official website.

“We left about 12 players at home. Celtic are a good opposition hence I felt we played well."

Baxter said he was not disappointed with his side’s result, and was pleased that some of his fringe players were able to get some much-needed gametime.

"Celtic played well and were aggressive,” he said. “We were lucky to get away without injuries. But I am pleased with the full time 1-1 scoreline. Losing in a friendly on penalty shootouts is not a bad result.

"The players will work hard knowing they have to fight to get into the starting eleven. I'm happy they are finding their feet."

Besides their Macufe Cup loss, Kaizer Chiefs did not enjoy a good weekend in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge either, with their reserve side going down 1-0 to Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday, before playing out a 0-0 with Moroka Swallows on Sunday.

Yet Baxter feels the club’s sides are on the right path.

"We sent the teams to do the job in both competitions and looking at the results especially when you look at the purpose, we did well on both fronts,” he said.

“We didn't lose with heavy scores and we earned the benefit of playing an entirely development side against Moroka Swallows on Sunday in the Multichoice Diski Challenge."

Kaizer Chiefs’ senior side return to PSL action this weekend with a tough away trip to Ajax Cape Town on Sunday afternoon.