Jonty Mark
Football Editor
2 minute read
3 Oct 2014
1:02 pm

Kaizer Chiefs roll on and on

Jonty Mark

It’s déjà vu for Kaizer Chiefs this weekend as they take on Maritzburg United in the last 16 of the Telkom Knockout.

On fire: Stuart Baxter. Picture: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images.

I was at the Amakhosi media day in Naturena this week and coach Stuart Baxter must have felt like it was Groundhog Day as he talked about a meeting with Steve Komphela’s side just eight days after the league encounter.

Not that a coach can really be that bothered when his team have won 11 games on the trot to start the season.

Chiefs have dealt with everything that has come their way this season, even the specific problem posed by a repeat encounter. Platinum Stars were dismissed three times in a short space of time covering the league and two legs of the MTN8 semifinals. There is a buzz, as might be expected, about Chiefs at the moment, coupled with an impressive level-headedness that makes it difficult to see when this run will end.

Baxter has to take immense credit for that, he clearly has the whole team buying into his philosophy, surely the first major requirement for any coach. The Chiefs coach is a man gifted in inspiring and maintaining confidence in his side.

Chiefs had a similar run last season, winning nine league games in a row, and would surely have won the title but an even better surge by Mamelodi Sundowns. I fully expect them to go on and win the league this season, though they will not be getting as ahead of themselves as I am.

And I expect them to take down the Team of Choice tomorrow night. My only concern with Chiefs is in their attack, where Bernard Parker is still finding his fitness, Kingston Nkhatha is powerful but hardly prolific, and Siphelele Mthembu has yet to find his feet.

If goals from midfielders like Reneilwe Letsholonyane and George Maluleka start to dry up, Chiefs’ strikers will have to step up to the plate. The way things are going for Amakhosi right now, however, that will probably happen sooner rather than later.