Chiefs coach demands goals
KAIZER Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has thrown down the gauntlet to his strikers, challenging them to hit the 20-goal mark in the new season.
Amakhosi scored 36 goals last season, two more than relegated Santos, as they dropped points in the league and lost knockout cup matches last season.
But Baxter, who arrived three months ago, has challenged his strikers to end the malaise that’s been afflicting Amakhosi in recent seasons.
“I’d like to know where I our goals will come from, I’d like to know which of our strikers will back themselves to score this season,” said Baxter on Wednesday.
“Kingston (Nkatha) hasn’t gelled yet, but he is fast finding his feet in a big club. Majoro (Lehlohonolo) doesn’t want anybody to take his shirt and Sthembiso Ncgobo will always be fighting for possession to score.
“I’m aware of the goal-scoring problems and I have thrown down the gauntlet to them. Which one of them can get to 20 goals?
“I hope they respond, I hope they pick up the gauntlet. If they don’t, we’ll have to look for somebody else.”
Baxter would not be drawn on whether the club was looking to add attacking players, since it has mostly recruited defenders so far.
Baxter will have an opportunity to run the rule over his squad when they line up against Moroka Swallows in their Gauteng Cup semifinal match at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.
The match will be preceded by the first semifinal between SuperSport United and Wits, with the final set for 5pm kick-off.
“We’ve just got to hit the ground running. It certainly won’t be anything like a crunch match, which if we don’t win, then our season is through,” said Baxter.
“We are preparing for the season and this tournament is a very important part of our preparations. Everything we gather at the moment is information on our opponents, but this cup will provide us with an opportunity to learn more about them.”