Baxter Returns To Face Chiefs
Stuart Baxter returns to Kaizer Chiefs tonight for the second time since leaving the club, and does so while seeing his team on a 10-game unbeaten run.
Baxter won four trophies, including two league titles, during his three seasons with the Amakhosi, and has since gone on to lift the Nedbank Cup with his new team, SuperSport United.
Meanwhile, since his departure, Chiefs have battled to win silverware, and currently find themselves on a four-game winless streak that saw them knocked out of the Telkom Knockout.
It’s Baxter’s first return to FNB Stadium, his former happy hunting ground, to face Chiefs after losing 2-1 to them in Cape Town earlier in the year, and he will be hoping to get his first victory over Steve Komphela since the two old friends joined their current outfits.
The Englishman does have a superior record over his South African counterpart in recent years though, and in their nine encounters over the years, Baxter has won five of them, while losing twice. He has beaten no head coach more than he has Komphela.
SuperSport, despite drawing with Baroka at the weekend, will be happy with their current performances on the field, and are now 10 games unbeaten for the first time since 2013 - when they managed to go 17 games without defeat.
Several players at Chiefs still remain from Baxter’s title-winning Amakhosi side, while others, such as Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Tefu Mashamaite and Reyaad Pieterse, have since joined him in Tshwane.
The game on Wednesday sees fourth face fifth, with both sides seeking to close the gap on league leaders, Bidvest Wits.