Footballer-turned-analyst, Junior ‘Aghahowa’ Khanye, has weighed in on Kaizer Chiefs’ slow start to the season, blaming the club’s head coach Stuart Baxter for the inconsistent results.
After losing to Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 in the first game of the season, Chiefs drew against TS Galaxy, defeated Baroka, and lost two Sundowns in the three games they have played so far in the DStv Premiership and are 10th on the log.
Khanye is questioning Baxter’s team selections, while he is also critical of the experienced coach’s style of play.
“I told South Africa about Stuart Baxter and it’s a pity that I get attacked and accused of bias when I raise these issues before they happen. I spoke about Ernst Middendorp when he was at Chiefs, and I spoke about Gavin Hunt when he was also at the club, and I got attacked on social media. Like I said when Hunt was appointed, it was a wrong move because he is a similar coach to Middendorp and they play with no structure and like long balls and rely on crosses. You can call it hopeful football. There were high expectations, but I did predict that he wasn’t going to be a solution,” said Khanye, speaking to the Siya crew.
“When Hunt left, Chiefs decided to bring back Baxter and for me that wasn’t a good move. Again, there have been a lot of expectations, and I understand, because Chiefs signed some quality players. Yes, not all of them are quality players in my opinion, but some of them are. But I have my doubts about the coach because he is like Middendorp and Hunt in his approach. The coach relies on transition football and the fact that he puts Defender of the Season Njabulo Ngcobo on the bench doesn’t sit well with me and I don’t understand why he is doing it. He is playing Samir Nurkovic on the wing, just so as to have him in the line-up, and I don’t understand that one also, as well as many other decisions.
“When Baxter won the league with Chiefs the last time he was there, the experience of the players he had helped him a lot because several guys in that squad were brilliant individually and were national team players. I’m talking about guys like Erick Mathoho, Tefu Mashamaite, Itumeleng Khune, Shabba (Siphiwe Tshabalala), Yeye (Reneilwe Letsholonyane), and even (Bernard) Parker back then was good, and Willard Katsande was a national team player of Zimbabwe, and so on,” the ex-Chiefs midfielder added.
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