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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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