New Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has reflected on his first stint with the Soweto giants and how the club has gone from being the hunted to the hunter.
Baxter joined Amakhosi in 2012 and left in 2015 after winning two Premiership titles, as well as the MTN8 and Nedbank Cup. During his time as Amakhosi coach, the club was famous for transition football and it inspired them to four major titles in his three seasons at the helm.
The Soweto giants have enjoyed no success in terms of trophies since he left and they are now hoping he can inspire them to the glory days, starting with the CAF Champions League. Amakhosi will play against Moroccan outfit Wydad Casablanca in the semi-finals next week.
"When I came here, Chiefs had not won anything in a while. When I came in, I knew that winning something was a priority for them. But I did not only look at winning trophies. I was trying to build the team. I was trying to bond with the supporters and I was trying to help us find an identity. That was the interesting part and I think that will be the same again now, if we can keep our eyes firmly on the pathway and not on the destination. I think that will be important for Chiefs," Baxter told the Amakhosi media department after he was announced as coach.
"Now we are the hunter. I think gradually we became the hunted in my first stint. I thought the boys did fantastically well. The club handled the success very well.
Amakhosi played Wydad twice in the group stages, losing 4-0 in the first game on the road and then playing to a goalless draw at home.
"It's a challenge for me there. I have to try identify a couple of things, maybe tactically, for these games that will impact big on the games. It's a strong opponent, but we have shown in the home game (against Wydad) that we can match them. We have to improve on our first leg (group match against Wydad), tactically and maybe mentally we've got to try grind out a result, that allows us an opportunity to bring them back here and have a real go at them."