Baxter, Benni both blast sub-standard local footballers


Head coaches Stuart Baxter alongside Benni McCarthy both criticised the shocking standard of local footballers after a drab 1-1 draw between Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu in the DStv Premiership.

Bongi Ntuli scored a late equaliser in the second half for AmaZulu in the 76th minute after Chiefs took the lead through a Keagan Buchanan own goal.

Usuthu can regard themselves as unlucky to have not secured all three points after failing to convert a number of chances that left McCarthy visibly upset on the sideline.

Speaking after a match underlined by glaring errors and failing to convert chances into goals both coaches had strong words for the mindset of local footballers.

Baxter highlighted a huge problem in South African football that he said was stunting the development of the local game.

"That was poor," a frustrated Baxter said post-match to SuperSport TV.

"If you go on a football field and you then toss out of the window all the work that you've done in the week. Where you think you can just improvise, or make a decision based on what it is.

"That's probably what has been holding South African football back for many, many years.

"When we can integrate in South Africa and at Kaizer Chiefs, structure with the creativity you will get very, very good football.

"But if you think you're just going to make decisions off the top of your head, and take as many touches as you want every time you get the ball.

"No one will be able to read anything, and therefore the play is poor and our play definitely was poor."

Later a furious Benni McCarthy who demanded new signings after the final whistle hit out at his player's lack of consistency.

"We've got this inconsistency about the team at the moment that is just out of our grasp," McCarthy said post-match.

"As much as you try and rotate and put this player on because he trains well, come matchday you get a performance that disappoints you.

"So we try to do the best we can by playing the in-form players but there's absolutely nothing you can do because we don't have control over players' performance.

"When you are constantly not performing to the levels you should, you as a coach can only take that player out. If the player you then replace him with also gives you a below-average performance, then what can you do.

"You'll end up going through the whole squad and not having players who you can rotate.

"We try to ask players to be consistent and professional, you know this is their job and they get paid for this.

"So the bare minimum you can do is be consistent in your performances, we're not saying you must have a world-class showing every game because we know that's not possible.

"Not even the Messi's and Ronaldo's can have that, so you can excuse a player who isn't having the greatest game but still gives the team what is needed.

"So it's impossible for coaches to win football matches because we only instruct them on the sideline."

Kaizer Chiefs next face a Soweto derby against Swallows FC in a DStv Premiership clash at Dobsonville Stadium on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 15:30.

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