Baxter hails de Sa
The Kaizer Chiefs coach says the former Pirates boss is a top manager.
JOHANNESBURG - The resignation of Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa shows just how hard it is for coaches to be consistently successful at top level, Kaizer Chiefs Coach Stuart Baxter said on Monday.
De Sa tendered his resignation on Friday after only a year-and-a-half in charge of the Buccaneers.
He had led the club to their second CAF Champions League final, the finals of the Telkom Knockout Cup and the MTN 8.
Baxter says despite his resignation, de Sa is one of the best coaches in the business.
"I think Roger is a coach with integrity and I think he is an intelligent coach. I think he's made his own decision based on problems that we don't have a clue about. For me to tell you whether I'm surprised or not, I can't have an opinion."
Baxter is preparing his side for a Premier Soccer League (PSL) clash against SuperSport United on Wednesday.
His side will be looking for a ninth straight win.
Baxter says he is making sure his players do not get carried away.
"That challenge has been there for the last four or five games. Every training [session] we have to pull the guys back down to basics and make sure that we do the not-so-sexy things as well. We can't get carried away with the small, nice details of our game."
Meanwhile, Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune says the team is taking it one game at a time when it comes to defending the PSL title.
"We're happy with the results and with what is going on, but we're not satisfied because we're still very hungry for success. As a team, we want to go out and do even better than what we've done so far."
Chiefs have officially unveiled striker Katlego Mphela following his acquisition from Mamelodi Sundowns.
Mphela will wear the number 37 jersey and admits the move to Chiefs provides him a chance to start afresh.
"I spent half of my career at Sundowns, so to come here feels like the start of a new life for me. It feels good, so hopefully I can revive my career here and maybe I can get back into the national team as well."