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Coach Stuart Baxter has reacted swiftly to his side’s defensive frailties by tapping out one of his former lieutenants in Tefu Mashamaite. Having proven himself at Chiefs, it is fair to say y that Baxter is a respected tactician whose expertise is valued by PSL clubs, supporters and the respect the man for his achievements at Chiefs. Based on his past, it is highly likely that he will leave SuperSport with a trophy or two and an ageing, depleted squad. On 2 June 2015, Baxter left Chiefs. What has unravelled since can still be linked to his win-atall costs mentalit mentality, with young players being on the receiving end of his usual usually short-term projects. Lorenzo GordinhoGordi played sparingly and SimphiweSim Mtsweni never g got a sniff. [Levy] Mokgothu, [Hendrik][Hend Ekstein, [Kgotso] Moleko were Nedbank Cup players. Who cares? Chiefs won the League right? The average ag age of Baxter’s SuperSport side f for the first two matches was bee been 30; six players in both matches were over 30 years old with only one under 25 in Ronwen Williams. When Khanyisa Mayo left Chippa United, the idea was to provide him the best possible chance to make it in professional football. His parents chose a club that gave Morne Nel, Denwin Farmer and Williams a decent shot from a young age. I am sure the same thought process was behind Ace Bhengu, Fagrie Lakay, Thato Mokeke, Andile Fikizolo and all other young players who opted to join SuperSport as opposed to the usual destinations. Baxter seems to have a winning formula and nd he is not about to change e it, unless his employers alter their expectations. At this is rate, he will leave SuperSport ort with a core team of 30-somethingsmethings like he did with Chiefs efs when the foundation fromm which Komphela could builduild on was a tired bunch of players in Reneilwe Letsholonyane, onyane, Bernard Parker, Tshepo epo Masilela, Siboniso Gaxa, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Morgan Gould.
Nkululeko Nkewa, Cape Town
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