Baxter verges on unwanted Chiefs record


Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter could equal an unwanted personal record during this weekend's DStv Premiership clash against AmaZulu.

The Amakhosi head into Saturday's clash against last season's runners-up on the back of a three-match winless run in the league, having played out a goalless draw against Marumo Gallants last weekend and lost their previous two matches against Royal AM and Mamelodi Sundowns.

Should Chiefs fail to break that streak this weekend with victory over Benni McCarthy's side, Baxter would equal a personal for his longest run of matches without a win across his two spells in the club's dugout.

The last, and only other time that the 68-year-old endured such a difficult run of form came during the latter stages of the 2012/13 season, when his charges lost to Tuks and Ajax Cape Town, and played out draws to SuperSport United and Platinum Stars.

However, despite their late blip in form, the Soweto giants still went on to claim the league title that season, pipping the high-flying Dikwena to the crown by a just solitary point upon the conclusion of the campaign. 

While that could be interpreted as a positive omen for the Amakhosi, Baxter is unlikely to welcome another defeat this weekend against AmaZulu, who are enjoying a return to form after suffering a similarly spluttering start to the season themselves.

After failing to win any of their opening five matches of the campaign across all competitions, McCarthy's troops have bounced back with two wins in their last three games, including a 1-0 win over Baroka last weekend and an impressive 3-1 (3-2 aggregate) victory over Nyasa Big Bullets in the Champions League.

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