Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | MTN8

Stuart Baxter © Backpagepix

Sweet relief for Chiefs coach

It was a relief to make it through to the semifinals of the MTN8 Cup, said Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter, following his side's comprehensive 3-0 victory over University of Pretoria at FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.

Chiefs stumbled at the same stage last season, falling 4-1 at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns. It was a controlled performance this time from the Amakhosi to make it through to the last four.

“I'm pleased with result and we're relieved to get into next round, considering the result we had this time last year," said Baxter after the game.

"It's just about getting through."

Baxter, however, was weary of making lofty predictions for his side this season, after two successive wins in the league and cup combined.

“If you play poorly and win 1-0, you tread on a landmine.

“If you get two wins or two defeats, the difference out on the field is very little. People would be making quite a big thing if we drew one of the games.

“Two wins is not a trend. As long as we can keep on winning and be humble – it's a marathon not a sprint.”

This video is not available in your region

The result was flattering in the end. It was AmaTuks who started the stronger of the two from the first whistle and they could have scored in the second minute.

“Our first five minutes of the game was a disaster for us," Baxter said, as Chiefs took longer to get into gear.

“We came out with our brains still in the changeroom, but we got ourselves back into it quickly.

“The pitch was difficult, and it was difficult to land passes. The ball was given away more than we were used to, but the longer the game went, the more transitions there were. And we're pretty good when it comes to transitions.”

Baxter was not concerned his new signing, Knowledge Musona, did not get on the scoresheet.

“I want Knowledge to be moving more and that's a process that is taking place. As long as someone is scoring it's not worrying.

“I wont be worried about Knowledge until he's played five or six games for us. He's a good player and he'll prove to be a fantastic acquisition.”

The Zimbabwean striker rejoined Chiefs on loan from German Bundesliga club 1899 Hoffenheim.


Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls


More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk

Dr Errol Sweeney
German ref epitomised what refereeing is all about
I’m regularly asked what is required to be a top class referee in soccer. What are the basics, the...

Segun Odegbami
Barcelona on my mind
I guess every reader of this column knows by now that I am a fan of Barcelona.

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Jose's feeling the heat
Many of my regular readers here will know I am neither a Jose Mourinho apologist nor a cult...

John Dykes
Make the call, ref!
Here’s an excerpt from an alternative, purely fictitious match report from Saturday’s Barclays...

Carol Radull
Arsenal, it's good to be third
I love making Manchester United supporters angry. And nowadays it’s so easy to do that.

Neil Tovey
Who scored in the transfer window?
The January transfer window is challenging as you are either getting players who are short of game...