Baxter hails Chiefs' latest derby debutant


Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has lauded the performance of a Soweto Derby debutant after his side claimed bragging rights over bitter rivals Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

The Amakhosi emerged victorious from the latest edition of the Soweto Derby over the weekend in dramatic fashion after a double from Keagan Dolly, including a last-minute penalty, earned Baxter's side an all-important 2-1 win.

Dolly was one of a handful of players appearing in the showpiece fixture for the first time, alongside the likes of Cole Alexander, Kgaogelo Sekgota, Phathutshedzo Nange and Sibusiso Mabiliso, the latter of whom was singled out for praise.

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"He stood up and he was counted tonight," Baxter said after the match. "He gave a solid performance, a solid performance in your very first Soweto Derby is a very good performance."

The 68-year-old was also effusive in his praise for his side's collective performance and claimed that Chiefs could go toe-to-toe with any team in the league when they performed at their best, provided they do so more consistently.

"If we play the way we can play then we can beat anybody in the league," he said. "But at the same time, we can be our own worst enemy and can be picked off by anybody in the league. That is a characteristic we have to change.

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"We have to be more consistent, we have to make sure that when we have got the chance to put the game to bed we put it to bed, and then we don’t give away a silly chance. We’ve known that for a while already and we’re working very hard to put it right."

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