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Stuart Baxter. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/Sports Inc

Kaizer Chiefs’ Stuart Baxter criticises SA football after AmaZulu draw

This could hurt if you truly take SA football to heart. Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has slammed the local game after Amakhosi’s 1-1 draw with AmaZulu.

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Stuart Baxter. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/Sports Inc

These comments should be remembered for some time. Kaizer Chiefs mentor Stuart Baxter believes local players have a habit of neglecting training plans in favour of doing their own thing on the pitch.

The Englishman says this is what’s holding back South African football.


The annoyed comments followed after his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Benni McCarthy’s AmaZulu under the FNB Stadium lights on Wednesday in the DStv Premiership.

The Glamour Boys had taken the lead via a 20th-minute own goal by the club’s old boy Keagan Buchanan.

The lead was later lost when Usuthu’s Bonginkosi Ntuli banged in the equaliser on 76 minutes to take a point back to Durban.

In the post-match chat, Baxter said he wished he could swear at the appalling quality of the game.

“If I was Benni, I would be going mental that they didn’t put us to the sword by three or four goals because I thought we were that bad,” the coach said via SuperSport TV.

“It was poor. Poor. When you go into a football field and you toss all the work that you’ve done in the week and toss it out the window and think you can just improvise or just make a decision based on what is that’s probably what’s been holding South African football back for many, many years,” he added.

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So what’s actually expected from his men?

The 61-year-old former Bafana Bafana’s scathing thoughts were not empty of any suggestion or plan.

According to Baxter, his Chiefs side knows what the plan is: merge SA football’s natural creativity with the coach’s formulated playing structure.

“When we can integrate South African football and Kaizer Chiefs the structure with the creativity, then we would have very good football.

“But if you think you’re just going to make decisions off the top of the head and take as many touches as you want every time you get the ball no one can read anything and then you play poor and our play was poor,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Chiefs players should respond this weekend in the away league game to old Soweto foes Swallows FC at 15:30 on Sunday.

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