Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter insists there is a great deal of work to be done despite the club’s fine pre-season form that saw them lift their first Carling Black Label Cup against rivals Orlando Pirates.
Striker Lehlohonolo Majoro scored the deciding goal five minutes before half time when he side-footed home a rebound after Bernard Parker’s initial effort rebounded off the cross bar.
Baxter said decision making was one aspect that needed to be rectified if Amakhosi were hoping for success in the new season.
“We were caught many times during our transition and how do we rectify that? That our players don’t lose the ball in wrong areas. There is a great deal of work to do before we start the season.”
Amakhosi begin the defence of their Absa Premiership title against the newly promoted Mpumalanga Black Aces on Friday.
Meanwhile, Pirates coach Roger De Sa said he was disappointed the Buccaneers relinquish the cup they have won twice, but nonetheless the derby was a good excercise ahead of his sides’ bloated programme that include the CAF Champions League.
“We made some basic errors and easily gave away the ball. But now we’ll get our minds around the game in Egypt (against Al Ahly in Cairo this coming weekend).”
De Sa said he was hoping to give as many players as possible a run but decided against it as “we were chasing the game”.
Baxter also emphasised the importance of winning the derby over trying out players when the pressure was on, particularly when Pirates had his side against the ropes in the closing quarter of the match.
Bucs debutant Kermit Erasmus was unlucky to have his late game effort smoothed by Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, a goal that would have pushed the game to a penalty shoot out.
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