Stuart Baxter, the coach of Kaizer Chiefs, Expresses His Heartfelt Gratitude To Amakhosi Supporters.
After losing the Nedbank Cup to TS Galaxy, Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter says he wants the fans back in the stadium.
The Chiefs were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round for the second year in a row after losing 1-0 to the Rockets on Saturday night.
Another season without a trophy? Chiefs are knocked out of the Nedbank Cup!
“Not thrilled about being knocked out of the cup. The goal that we conceded as a result of the defeat is not a wonderful goal; it is a mistake, and we lost a few of chances “According to Baxter on SuperSport TV.
“As terribly as I thought we played, I believed we lacked quality throughout the game; the throw was inaccurate, the pass was ill timed, and the tackle was either too early or too late.
“So we were off the pace for the entire game, and when we did produce a moment of excellence, which I don’t think the players realize they have, we looked okay.
“However, in a cup game, you need to keep momentum and gather some energy and power, which we didn’t do, and I think after 10-15 minutes they started to believe they had a chance and they were more confident on the ball,” he said.
“And when our pressing isn’t synchronized, it’s a waste of energy; we found ourselves unable to generate what we know we’re capable of, which is irritating, and that frustration may have contributed to some of the errors we observed.” But I can’t say I can be very analytical right after the game, and we certainly didn’t want to exit the competition.
As they prepare to turn their attention to the DStv Premiership this week, Baxter admits his players are nervous.
“That’s what professionals are meant to do; we don’t take a week off and expect to be able to return whenever we want. We’ll be back in training tomorrow, and we have a league game coming up soon, so we need to make sure we recover, get back on track, and be ready to go “He went on to say
“The fans will be as sad as I am because they understand what this means tonight; perhaps that’s part of the reason we didn’t perform at our best; the players also sensed the worry.” But we want the fans back because they are our lifeblood, the ones who motivate us, and we miss them. We have amazing fans, and they are our additional player, so this isn’t what we wanted tonight, and it’s not what they wanted, so we have to work together to move forward.”