After having been eliminated at the hands of National First Division side, Black Leopards on Saturday, there are few lessons Stuart Baxter and his Kaizer Chiefs squad can learn from the outing.
Don’t Underestimate 'Smaller' Teams
I must admit, when I saw the line-up against Leopards I was shocked. Just because they play in a completely different division, doesn’t mean we can go for our third choice goalkeeper, play a completely different backline and have Mandla Masango and Willard Katsande as the only first choice players in the team. From the offset, it looked like Stuart Baxter underestimated Leopards and that played to their advantage and our detriment.
Never Pull Funny Faces At The Referee
We know that Baxter is usually calm and collected on the sidelines, in this game it was a completely different story. The referee may have been having a nightmare on the field, but Baxter should’ve known better than to take his frustration out on the match official, as he got his own pay back by being sent off - something that ultimately assisted in destroying the mentality of the team on the day.
Chiefs Squad Isn’t As Strong In Depth As Previously Assumed
It is no secret that Baxter has a preferred starting XI, which he used countless times during the club’s 19-match unbeaten run. When two or three changes were made to that XI the team got by adequately, but after a complete overhaul... Leopards happened. Saturday’s elimination from the Nedbank Cup shows that the squad’s depth isn’t as good as everyone initially assumed.
Khosi fans, this is a tough time for the club, what did you learn from the fixture?