Baxter right man to win Chiefs trophies


A former Kaizer Chiefs star reveals why the Soweto giants should keep faith in Stuart Baxter instead of blaming him for the club's trophy drought.

Some sections of the Chiefs fan base have already been pushing for Baxter to be sacked before he even completes his first season back in charge of the club.

Since his return to Chiefs halfway through last year, Baxter has overseen four competitions.

He came stuck in the Champions League final which Chiefs and has since found no joy in the MTN8 and Nedbank Cup suffering defeat in the first round of both competitions while in the league they remain 19 points behind Mamelodi Sundowns with a third of the season left.

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"I don’t agree with these sentiments pushing for Baxter’s head and putting the blame for Chiefs’ failure to win trophies in the last seven years on him," says former Chiefs star Rodney Thobejane.

"I think Chiefs fans are just frustrated about how long they have not won silverware and just want to blame Baxter. After he won the club its last trophy what has been happening all these years.

"The problem in South Africa is that we are not patient. We just want results. Baxter took over at Chiefs when they were in what position and where are they now? Is that no progress? Baxter must be given time to do what he wants at Chiefs because he has his own philosophy that will not be preferred by everyone.

"There is no way Baxter will not get Chiefs something if he is given time. When Chiefs last won a trophy, this is the same way that they were playing so I don’t understand why they are panicking now. Baxter cannot be like Pitso Mosimane or Manqoba Mngqithi or Lehlohonolo Seema.

"Fans need to understand that the Chiefs bosses gave him a long term which didn’t push him to win trophies within six months. Baxter found players that he didn’t sign so after he has signed players of his choice after two years then we can talk about having failed to achieve what he was supposed to.

"We need to be honest with each other. Our people also don’t consider factors like interference in moments like these which is they always go for coaches. Some people will say at Chiefs you don’t need to build but it is worth understanding progress when it happens before the success. I trust that Baxter will deliver a trophy," says Thobejane.

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