Jonty Mark
Football Editor
1 minute read
12 Feb 2015
10:18 am

PSL defend “cow patch”

Jonty Mark

The Premier Soccer League have played down criticism of the pitch at Free State Stadium on Wednesday night, described as a “cow patch” by Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter.

Tsepo Masilela of Kaizer Chiefs andThapelo Morena of Bloemfontein Celtics during the Absa Premiership match between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs at Free State Stadium on February 11, 2015 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Charle Lombard/Gallo Images)

The surface in Bloemfontein was not really conducive to passing football, as Chiefs and Celtic played out a goalless draw in their first game in the Absa Premiership in 2015.

“We can’t invest enough money in South African football to get better than a cow patch,” Baxter told television cameras after the game.

“Can we play better? Yes, but the fact remains that you have to be super concentrated, super sharp, and your first touch has to be outstanding to play great football on this pitch.

“We played decent, we can play better but I am happy … I hope it will be a point gained here and not two lost.”

Premier Soccer League Chiefs Operations Officer Ronnie Schloss admitted there were problems with the pitch, but said it was “playable.”

“It wasn’t in fantastic condition … the problem is that it has about three different types of grass on it. And what further aggravated the situation is that there is a drought in that area,” said Schloss.

“It was bumpy in parts, but it was playable.”