Baxter shifts focus to title defence

Nedbank Cup

Matsatsantsa were in continental club action over the weekend as they went down 3-2 away to Sudanese side Al-Ahly Shendyi on Sunday evening.

READ: SuperSport edged in Sudan

Their next test is another away trip to face National First Division side Royal Eagles in the Nedbank Cup Last 32 on Wednesday evening.

Baxter, though admitting they face a challenging task of keeping the players fresh, remains fervent in their cause to defend their title.

"We've got a 17-hour trip back from Sudan and then 24-hours at home before we fly down to Pietermaritzburg to play, is that easy? No it's not but that's our job," bemoaned the Brit.

"We have to muster the best we can. We can feel sorry for ourselves and make excuses, who cares? You guys [media] just report the result, not the 'bad luck on SuperSport'.

"In two years people are not going to say, 'oh yeah, I remember that game, SuperSport had a really long journey'. They're just going to say 'SuperSport got knocked out'. So we've got what we've got and we just have to meet it square on."

The former Kaizer Chiefs mentor is wary of his opposite number in Kosta Papic, and warns against taking Eagles lightly based on them being in a lower division.

"Kosta has his teams playing a certian way and they're always a threat," he conceded. "They've also got great facilities down there so he's got every opportunity of working with his players.

"They've picked up some [experienced] players and they have a good reputation, and I'm sure they're one of the most dangerous of the NFD teams.

"We're not under any illusions that this is going to be an easy one, we can just go and strech our legs when we get back. We are going to have to give a performance."

Kick-off of the clash at the Harry Gwala Stadium is set for 19h30.