Baxter reacts to costly Manyama miss

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has reacted to attacker Lebogang Manyama's costly penalty miss in a 2-0 defeat to defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

Chiefs' title aspirations suffered an early blow on Sunday evening when the Amakhosi were downed 2-0 by the reigning champions in Pretoria, courtesy of goals from Grant Kekana and Peter Shalulile.

Baxter's side had a late chance to claw themselves back into the match when they were awarded a penalty in the 81st minute, but Manyama, who was making his first appearance following a lengthy injury layoff, slammed the resultant spot-kick into the crossbar.

"We have four or five penalty takers and when they’re on the field and they say they don’t want to take it, then I’ve got little control over where the responsibility goes," Baxter said following the match.

"I think you should listen to the players, the one who has confidence to take it should take it. If it was me and I was one of the players on the field, I would have pushed Lebo away.

"He’s only just come back from injury and I don’t think it’s fair to give him that responsibility if it was me on the field. But Lebo’s a character, Lebo gets on the ball and feels like 'I will score this'."

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